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Summering with Steinbeck, Who Traveled with Charley: Pack The Portable John Steinbeck for Your Trip

John Steinbeck’s dog Charles le Chien remains a creature to be envied, having been squired across mid-20th century America by his restless owner, the author who transformed their journey together into Travels with Charley, a lyrical paean rich in social commentary that became a favorite of Steinbeck readers then and now. As if a 10,000-mile, tree-filled experience weren’t … [Read More...]

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Of Mice and Myth: John Steinbeck, Carl Jung, and The Epic of Gilgamesh

John Steinbeck’s short novel Of Mice and Men is a powerful exploration of isolation, disenfranchisement, and problems of social integration in an era of cultural … [Read More...]

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Winston Churchill Rolls, George Orwell Rejoices: American Authors Banished from Schools in Great Britain

Winston Churchill is turning in his grave as George Orwell rejoices. John Steinbeck and other American authors, a group deeply disliked by George Orwell, are about … [Read More...]

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My Grandpa Was a Beekeeper: Sketch

My Grandpa was a beekeeper. He kept bees in little white bungalows with a drawer at the bottom for wax combs and honey. Grandpa searched out bees in hollow trees and when he found them, dipped a roll of damp newspaper in gasoline and set it on fire to smoking. … [Read More...]

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Poem by Roy Bentley: James Dean Commemorative Mug

James Dean was driving his new Porsche to a car race when he crashed—literally East of Eden—on a back road to Salinas, California, site of the 1955 movie that made him famous and the weekend event that made him dead. Sixty years later, Roy Bentley ponders the … [Read More...]

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Tips from John Steinbeck on How to Write Well

How to write well? Some writing tips enter our consciousness formally, through the classroom door. Others arrive surreptitiously, as editors unseen hover over our hands on the keyboard. But writing tips also slip through a half-open window of the struggling … [Read More...]

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Academic Stars Illuminate The Grapes of Wrath

On May 3 experts from the University of Virginia, San Jose State University, and Claremont Graduate University enlightened 350 attendees of the 34th Steinbeck Festival—held at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California—about The Grapes of Wrath. As … [Read More...]