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Ruby Bridges to Receive Steinbeck Award at San Jose State University, February 24

Near the end of Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck celebrates the inspiring courage of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old schoolgirl who advanced the cause of civil rights by breaking the Southern segregation barrier at a New Orleans elementary school 56 years ago. San Jose State University will honor Bridges's lasting contribution to civil rights on February 24 by conferring the … [Read More...]

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Setting the Stage for John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath: Richard Henry Dana at 200

Richard Henry Dana, Jr., the author of Two Years Before the Mast, was born 200 years ago in Massachusetts, the home of Dana's famous Founding family, and of John … [Read More...]

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“The Valley of the World”: John Steinbeck’s Salinas Valley in Color Photography Inspired by East of Eden

More than 60 years after it became a national bestseller, John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden remains one of the writer's most widely read works of fiction. Set in … [Read More...]

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“Bill”: Monterey, California Short Story by Steve Hauk

Bill I Bill has swept back blond hair, lazy blue eyes, sucked in cheeks, a gaunt, leathery look from years of house painting. He spent decades balancing on ladders braced by collapsing gutters or rotting sideboard, but never fell far or broke a bone. Other … [Read More...]

California’s Wild Edge: History, Poetry, and Art of Steinbeck’s California Coast

The Central California coast from Big Sur to Monterey Bay has become synonymous with John Steinbeck and Robinson Jeffers, the iconic poet of the California coast who lived in Carmel from 1913 until his death in 1962 and influenced Steinbeck's writing in the … [Read More...]

“Our Story Is a Life and Death Thing”: Peter Nathaniel Malae on Reading John Steinbeck and Writing American Literature

Like John Steinbeck, the American writer Peter Nathaniel Malae is a rugged realist who insists on honesty. A former Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University who grew up in San Jose and nearby Santa Clara, California, Malae spoke candidly about John … [Read More...]

John Steinbeck Biographer Writes Life of Gore Vidal, Master of Historical Fiction

Though they were born a generation apart on opposite coasts, John Steinbeck and Gore Vidal—bestselling writers with close ties to Broadway, Hollywood, and progressive politics—had much in common. Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal, by John Steinbeck’s … [Read More...]