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John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath Celebrated in Farsi Language by Najia Karim

  John Steinbeck’s poetic protest novel The Grapes of Wrath came to renewed life in a Farsi language poem written and recited by Najia Karim for San Jose State University’s September 10 event honoring the Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini, author of the bestselling novel The Kite Runner and recipient of the 2014 Steinbeck “In the Souls of the People” Award for … [Read More...]

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Viva Zapata!—Steinbeck, Motion Pictures, and the Mexican Revolution

Unlike other famous authors of his generation such as Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, John Steinbeck experienced more success than failure in motion picture … [Read More...]

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Reflections of an American Mossad: A Documentary Drama by Steve Hauk

Was John Steinbeck the Albert Einstein of American fiction? If relativity means interrelatedness, the answer is yes. That’s the view of Steve Hauk, the California … [Read More...]

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House of Lords Thinking: Why John Steinbeck Is Out in Winston Churchill’s England

Winston Churchill, modern Britain's greatest leader, had an American mother. Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, is believed by elitist Englishmen to be the real author of the works of William Shakespeare. Along with other American writers, John Steinbeck … [Read More...]

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Remembering the San Francisco Journalist Who Interviewed John Steinbeck During Travels with Charley

The death of the San Francisco freelance writer Curt Gentry on July 10 made me especially sad. An old-school journalist, a loyal fan of John Steinbeck, and a fearless writer about subjects close to Steinbeck’s divided heart (J. Edgar Hoover, San Francisco … [Read More...]

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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 … [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 fracture. Divided by class, race, and gender, its characters struggle to assimilate into the small … [Read More...]