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Thomas Steinbeck, John Steinbeck’s Son, Dead at 72

As reported by the New York Times, John Steinbeck’s surviving son, Thomas Steinbeck, died on August 11 in Santa Barbara, California, from cardiopulmonary disease, the condition that contributed to his father's death at age 66 in 1968. A second Steinbeck son, John Steinbeck IV, died in 1992. Their mother was John Steinbeck's second wife; the New York Times obituary detailed the … [Read More...]

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British Broadcast Star Interviews John Steinbeck Historian for BBC Series

John Steinbeck returned repeatedly to his family roots in Northern Ireland, both in his writing and in his travels. His 1952 novel East of Eden is a paean to his … [Read More...]

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Lindsay Hatton Revisits Cannery Row in New Novel

The main action of Monterey Bay, Lindsay Hatton's debut novel, takes place in 1940, a big year for John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, and Monterey's Cannery Row, where … [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 of websites devoted to 82 American authors represented in panel titles at this week’s meeting of … [Read More...]

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 26-29, 2016 conference in San Francisco, the city where Steinbeck spent time as a Stanford student … [Read More...]

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, signed by (among others) John Steinbeck, welcoming the Japanese to the city Steinbeck later left … [Read More...]

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...]