John Steinbeck

Manhattan townhouses that belonged to John Steinbeck list for $18M

If you can pay the price for these Manhattan properties, which have ties to one of the nation’s greatest authors, you can call yourself the Beast of Eden. A pair of Manhattan townhouses where John Steinbeck once lived are up for sale for a combined $18 million. Located on East 78th Street, the residences are also available to purchase separately, at $8.95 million apiece. Steinbeck, who won a Nobel Prize in literature in 1962 — six years before his death — lived in one of the townhomes while renting out the other. Known for his work in “Of Mice and Men,” “The Grapes...
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Celebrating John Steinbeck in Sag Harbor

Canio’s Cultural Café in Sag Harbor is presenting “Steinbeck, In Search of America,” a series of talks, films and more celebrating Sag Harbor’s Nobel Prize-winning writer, John Steinbeck. All are welcome to participate. It began in March with a talk by scholar Susan Shillinglaw on...
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck audiobook review – California dreaming

A mass movement of people driven from their homes by environmental catastrophe and hoping for a fresh start in a new land: there’s a sad familiarity to the events depicted in John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel from 1939 in which the Joad family, tenant farmers from Oklahoma, are forced to leave their farm due to drought and financial hardship. They set off for California where they have heard there are jobs aplenty, but when they arrive they find thousands of fellow migrants living in desperate poverty. The newcomers are exploited by the rich, abandoned by the authorities, and treated with suspicion and hostility by locals. “Okie use’ ta mean you was from Oklahoma,” laments one Dust Bowl migrant. “Now it means you’re a dirty son-of-a-bitch. Okie means you’re scum. Don’t mean nothing itself, it’s the way they say it.”

Many on the Central Coast remember John Steinbeck on his 120th birthday

SALINAS, Calif. — On Sunday, many remembered the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and Salinas local John Steinbeck on his 120th birthday. Steinbeck's stories are so steeped into Central Coast communities, some say you can experience him just by walking down the street. The city of Salinas made its mark on him, as he did on the city.

‘Travels with Charley’ by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s 1962 classic "Travels with Charley" about a edifying road trip he took with his standard poodle Charley continues to inspire similar expeditions across the United States year after year. Though some of the events and dialogue were embellished for dramatic effect, the overarching narrative remains genuine and brilliant. In the Penguin Classics audiobook version, actor Gary Sinise uses an impressive assortment of voices to bring each new character to life, adding an unexpected level of depth to an already moving tale of life on the back roads and interstates of 1960s America.

John Steinbeck has been “canonically neglected,” but that could be changing.

Aga Popęda here, checking in after attending a virtual Stanford webinar this afternoon titled “Reclaiming John Steinbeck: Gavin Jones in Conversation with Daniel Lanza Rivers” that you should be able to watch on the Stanford YouTube channel soon—to reclaim Steinbeck yourself. (The event was organized by The Bill Lane Center for the American West.) After all, as Lanza Rivers (of San Jose State University) pointed out, this is Steinbeck country; John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, and many of his stories take place on the Central Coast. In other words Steinbeck is everywhere in the landscape here, and his ideas—much like California hills and valleys—are “sprawling.”
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William Souder on the Life and Work of John Steinbeck

Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by William Souder, the author of Mad at the World: A Life of...

On This Day: Novelist John Steinbeck wins a Nobel Prize

On this day 59 years ago, one of the world’s most influential writers, John Steinbeck, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel organisation said Steinbeck won “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”. Steinbeck wrote 33 books before his...
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Community Voices: What John Steinbeck knew then that matters now

Recently, I was awakened at 3 a.m. by a “voice” repeating and repeating a phrase from a book I had read many years earlier – John Steinbeck’s "East of Eden." The phrase was the novel’s final sentence: Timshel – thou mayest. I hadn’t thought about this phrase in years —...

Our Amazing History: John Steinbeck

Get our Hamptons Insider newsletters delivered direct to you. During the late 1950s and 1960s, many great American writers such as Edward Albee, James Jones, Truman Capote, Joe Heller, and Irwin Shaw took up residence in the Hamptons to live and work in quiet settings not too far from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

The Town That Inspired John Steinbeck Has A New Literary Star

Ask any book-loving central Californian which author they associate with the city of Watsonville, and they'll probably mention the name of Golden State legend John Steinbeck. The town was reportedly the inspiration for Steinbeck's novel In Dubious Battle, and was the longtime home of his sister, Esther Rodgers. (Her house is still there, on Santa Cruz County's fairgrounds.)