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Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway Lead John Steinbeck in Search for Single-Author Websites

If author websites are any indicator of continued popularity in American literature, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway are the current winners. According to my count of websites devoted to 82 American authors represented in panel titles at this week’s meeting of the American Literature Association, just a handful of writers come close to Hemingway or Twain in the number of author … [Read More...]

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John Steinbeck Returns to American Literature Lineup (And to San Francisco)

Following an absence of four years, John Steinbeck will return to the annual program of the American Literature Association when the organization holds its May … [Read More...]

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Report on Japanese-Americans in Monterey Herald Recalls John Steinbeck, Internationalist

According to a report by Monterey Herald writer Carly Mayberry, the Japanese American Citizens League Hall in Monterey, California has a World War II-era letter, … [Read More...]

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$4.8 Million Gift to John Steinbeck Center Reported By San Jose Mercury News

The April 20, 2016 San Jose Mercury News reports a record-breaking gift to San Jose State University by Martha Heasley Cox, a retired English professor with a love for John Steinbeck. In 1955—the year East of Eden became a movie—Cox arrived in San Jose from … [Read More...]

Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis Grapes of Wrath Motion Picture Off or On?

Steven Spielberg’s motion picture remake of The Grapes of Wrath with Daniel Day-Lewis may finally happen if a suit by Waverly Scott Kaffaga, the daughter of John Steinbeck’s widow Elaine, is successful. The legal filing against Steinbeck’s son Thom and … [Read More...]

Sea of Cortez at 75: Salinas, California Celebrates John Steinbeck on Land and Sea

The annual Steinbeck Festival held in John Steinbeck’s hometown of Salinas, California is back. In celebration of Steinbeck’s enduring legacy as a writer-activist-ecologist, and the land-and-sea ethic exemplified in his 1941 work Sea of Cortez, the May 6-8, … [Read More...]

Always Something to Do in Salinas: 2016 John Steinbeck Festival Celebrates Main Street and Sea of Cortez

The National Steinbeck Center will celebrate John Steinbeck’s life, time, and work May 6, 7, and 8 in Salinas, California, the writer’s home town. The 2016 John Steinbeck Festival—“From Salinas to Sea of Cortez: Steinbeck on Land and Sea”—boasts an all-star … [Read More...]