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W.H. Auden and His Kind: Christopher Isherwood on The Grapes of Wrath in 1939

Shortly after emigrating to America in 1939 with the poet W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, the British author of Berlin Stories, wrote a review of The Grapes of Wrath for Kenyon Review, the new American literary magazine that—like John Steinbeck—quickly gained prestige and influence with readers and critics in the United States. Intimate friends since school days in England, … [Read More...]

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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 … [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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International Relations Explored at John Steinbeck Conference in San Jose

Steinbeck lovers from all over convene this Wednesday at San Jose State University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, where Steinbeck experts will probe literary influences, international relations, and various cultural collisions found in the author’s … [Read More...]

$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...]