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2018: Year of the Women in The World of John Steinbeck

Three sisters. Three wives. Three novels with female characters who are larger than life. Inspired by Ma Joad’s enduring example in The Grapes of Wrath, this year’s Steinbeck Festival will celebrate the women in John Steinbeck’s life and fiction over three days in May, at three venues associated with women Steinbeck cherished or invented. Sponsored by the National Steinbeck … [Read More...]

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An Essential History of John Steinbeck’s American West

Like Jackson Benson's 1980 biography of John Steinbeck, the essential book on Steinbeck's storied life, David Wrobel's new history of the American West in … [Read More...]

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Opposites Attract in Pursuit Of Travels with Charley

John Steinbeck delivered the speech of his life after taking the road trip described in Travels with Charley in Search of America, the last book he wrote before … [Read More...]

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Donald Trump and Ajit Pai’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai, the former attorney for Verizon who was appointed by Donald Trump to chair the Federal Communications Commission, recently announced that the administration's plan to deregulate internet providers and end the policy of net neutrality are on the … [Read More...]

John Steinbeck’s Warning in Playboy about Donald Trump

The long relationship between Playboy magazine and Donald Trump, America’s playboy-in-chief, is old news. But the recent death of Hugh Hefner unearthed some surprising Playboy connections, including a list of major authors—among them John Steinbeck—who wrote … [Read More...]

The Passing of Frank Wright And the Men’s Clubs of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

The recent death of Monterey, California businessman Frank Wright at age 98 served as a reminder that the life of Doc’s Lab—Ed Ricketts’s marine biology laboratory on Cannery Row—had two distinct phases. The 1930s and 1940s were the period of John Steinbeck … [Read More...]

At Home with John Steinbeck

I was nine when I discovered Google Maps. I was a demure little thing, sporting wispy baby hairs and crooked front teeth, but I sat in front of our family computer with the omnipotence of a goddess. I could go anywhere in the world; see the tip of the Great … [Read More...]