A Journey into Steinbeck's Californiaby Susan Shillinglaw
This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck's creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guideliterary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently
This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck's creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guideliterary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck's work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early and mid 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, this edition includes a wonderful variety of photographs, sketches, and paintings, including some from private, rarely seen collections. With a new preface from the author, updated details on featured websites, a new discussion on Steinbeck’s ecological interests and activities, and an extended exploration of his many travels to Mexico, readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.
"This amazing book explores Steinbeck's relationship with the area he both loved and hated." Offbeat Travel
"Provides a treat for both literary detectives and armchair travelers."
"A warm portrait of a man by someone who has the ability to see California through his eyes." Suite 101.com
"A rich portrait of Steinbeck's California . . . excellent historical background. . . . Lavishly illustrated." Janet Ross, former librarian, Sparks Branch Library, Nevada
"This is undoubtedly one of the most useful, delightful and enlightening books ever published on Steinbeck." Steinbeck Studies
"Generous enough with both text and pictures (modern photos by Nancy Burnett mixed with quality historical photos) to satisfy the armchair traveler." Worducopia
"Shillinglaw's book breathes new life into Steinbeck's story in light-hearted ways. . . will add a wonderful visual dimension to any Steinbeck collection." —Steinbeck Reviews (June 2012)
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former librarian, Sparks Branch Library, Nevada
Meet the Author
Susan Shillinglaw: Susan Shillinglaw is a scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, and a professor of English at San Jose State University, where she was also the director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies for many years.
Nancy Burnett: Nancy Burnett has been photographing the California landscape for more than 30 years. She is the producer of The Shape of Life and Strange Days on Planet Earth for PBS, coproducer of the photographic exhibit Sea Stars for the Smithsonian, and coauthor of The Shape of Life.
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