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By Susan Shillinglaw

This half paintings ebook, half biography, and half trip consultant deals perception into how landscapes and townscapes motivated John Steinbeck's artistic approach and the way, in flip, his legacy has inspired glossy California. a number of varieties of readers will relish the knowledge during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra concerning the nation featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at a similar structures that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will relish the engrossing point of view on everyday life in early 20th-century California. delivering a wholly new point of view on Steinbeck and the folk and locations that he dropped at existence in his writing, readers will locate enjoy this depiction of the symbiotic courting among an writer and his favourite locations.

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Mission Soledad: The Lonely Mission 6 Mission Soledad, founded in 1791, is now reduced to a few adobe walls, but the rebuilt church provides a The remains of Mission Soledad. 44 The San Antonio Valley. ” Beyond Salinas: Salad Bowl of the World Painting the Pastures of Heaven: David Ligare David Ligare was drawn to Monterey County by the writing of John Steinbeck and Robinson Jeffers. ” Stories in The Pastures of Heaven and The Long Valley tell about inhabitants’ loneliness, isolation, and lack of fulfillment.

Wrote parts of Tortilla Flat (1935) here, the rollicking stories cutting against the gloom of the house. Old Town Salinas—Steinbeck’s Neighborhood The meaning of the town’s motto, “Salinas is,” may be as elusive as the soul of modern Salinas, a town of enclaves. Although today’s Salinas lacks the polish of nearby peninsula towns, there’s a gritty energy to the 21 A Journey into Steinbeck’s California place, a slight underdog edge that can be sensed while walking its streets, nosing out the charms of Old Town, walking to the First Mayor’s House by the railroad tracks (near where the Sperry Flour Mill once stood).

The National Steinbeck Center opened a new wing in 2003, with exhibits focusing on the history of agriculture in the valley. It highlights the sugar beet empire, migrant workers in the valley, and the lettuce industry. museum dedicated to scenes from a writer’s work and artifacts from his life. Re-created are the Red Pony’s stall, George and Lennie’s bunkhouse (with a mouse in Lennie’s coat pocket), and Suzy’s boiler home on Cannery Row. Also here are film posters; an audio presentation of Steinbeck reading, “I Am a Revolutionary”; dust bowl diaries; a page from The Pearl manuscript; and the crown jewel, Rocinante, the truck that Steinbeck drove around America with his dog, Charley.

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