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Famous Writers From John Steinbeck to Maya Angelou All Swore By This Weird Productivity Trick. You Should Steal It

John Steinbeck may have won a Nobel Prize but he still preferred to write at an unstable little desk on his fishing boat. Another giant of American letters, Maya Angelou, liked to rent out hotel rooms and write perched on the bed. Peter Benchley, who wrote Jaws, outdid both of them -- he penned the thriller from the clanging back room of a furnace factory.
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The Grapes Of Ruff: John Steinbeck Wrote A Werewolf Novel

John Steinbeck wrote a werewolf novel? He certainly did. And although Murder at Full Moon may never see the light of day, fans are hoping Steinbeck’s werewolf novel will be unleashed!. Long before he crafted classics such as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, Steinbeck tried publishing a...
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Murder at Full Moon: John Steinbeck Wrote a Werewolf Mystery That No One Wanted to Publish—Until Now

If history had gone a bit differently, John Steinbeck might have been counted right alongside Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley as one of literature's great horror writers. One of the author's early works was a werewolf mystery novel titled Murder at Full Moon. The book was never published, and now fans are petitioning for its posthumous release, The Guardian reports.
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John Steinbeck Wrote a Werewolf Novel, and His Estate Won’t Let the World Read It: The Story of Murder at Full Moon

John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden, but not before he’d put a few less-acclaimed novels under his belt. He didn’t even break through to success of any kind until 1935’s Tortilla Flat, which later became a popular romantic-comedy film with Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr. That was already Steinbeck’s fourth published novel, and he’d written nearly as many unpublished ones. Two of those three manuscripts he destroyed, but a fourth survives at the University of Texas in Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, which specialized in hoarding literary ephemera, especially from Nobel laureates. The unpublished novel deals not with laborers, farmers, or wastrels, but a werewolf.
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John Steinbeck wrote a werewolf novel in 1930, but his estate refuses to publish it

Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is best known for The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, but in 1930 he wrote a horror novel under a pen name. He was unsuccessful in his attempts to find a publisher for Murder at Full Moon and shelved it. Today the 233-page typescript site in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Steinbeck's estate has rejected offers to publish it, despite the urgings of Steinbeck scholars to do so.
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John Steinbeck wrote a werewolf murder mystery, but you can’t read it.

Before Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck became an essential part of the Western literary canon, he was an unpublished writer with three rejected novels to his name. (Relatable!) Apparently, one of these novels was a mystery called Murder at Full Moon, which featured (get ready for it) werewolves. Twenty-something Steinbeck wrote the novel under the pseudonym Peter Pym.
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John Steinbeck Wrote a Novel About Werewolves, But You Can’t Read It

On Saturday, the Guardian reported that among the holdings at the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center is the manuscript for an unpublished novel about werewolves written by John Steinbeck. That’s right: John Steinbeck wrote a novel about lycanthropes, those doomed souls eternally curst by the bite of a ravenous man-wolf to undergo a ghastly transformation into a bloodthirsty beast whenever the bone-white light of the full moon shines upon the silent village below. Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962 for his socially-conscious chronicles of the Dust Bowl like The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, but since none of those books are about werewolves, Stanford professor Gavin Jones is urging the Steinbeck estate to finally publish Murder at Full Moon. The manuscript, rejected by publishers in 1930, is the only surviving trace of three unpublished novels Steinbeck wrote early in his career. Releasing it to the public at long last, Jones argues, will give readers and academics a more complete picture of Steinbeck’s work, particularly when it comes to werewolves.
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John Steinbeck Wrote a Rejected Werewolf Mystery and Academics Are Calling For Its Publication

Academics are calling for the publication of a John Steinbeck novel that was initially rejected, The Guardian reports. The typescript of Murder at Full Moon, a mystery story involving a werewolf, has been sitting in an archive at the University of Texas in Austin for the past 90 years, but now pressure is mounting on Steinbeck’s estate for allowing the documents to go public. “There would be a huge public interest in a totally unknown werewolf novel by one of the best-known, most read American writers of the 20th century,” said Stanford professor Gavin Jones. “It’s certainly not Steinbeck the realist, but it is Steinbeck the naturalist, interested in human nature...which is why I think readers would find it more interesting than a more typical Steinbeck.”
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Gillian Welch Talks Tom Jones, John Prine and John Steinbeck

I felt like I was in a fog for a while. I couldn’t really concentrate. A dear friend of mine, who came through Hurricane Katrina, said it was like a trauma—first the tornado and then having that segue immediately into the pandemic,” Gillian Welch says of the events that prompted a creative stasis nearly a year ago.
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Sag Harbor cottage where John Steinbeck wrote his final novel asks $18M

All photos by Gavin Zeigler for Sotheby’s International Realty. John Steinbeck’s waterfront cottage in Sag Harbor where he penned his final novel, The Winter of Discontent, is on the market for $17.9 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author bought the Hamptons home, tucked away on a bluff between two coves, in 1955, as the New York Times first reported. The property sits on nearly two acres and contains a two-bedroom main residence, a gazebo-like structure that Steinbeck used as a writing space, a guest cottage, and a 60-foot private dock.
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Sag Harbor Home Where John Steinbeck Wrote Final Novel Lists for $18 Million

Though John Steinbeck is best known for his Pulitzer and Nobel Prize–winning descriptions of life in central California, he held a special place in his heart for the “little fishing place” in New York that offered up plenty of writing inspiration in his final years. That waterfront home in the Hamptons was recently listed for $17.9 million, setting up its first sale since Steinbeck moved in more than 65 years ago.
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11 Novel Facts About John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck is one of the most popular authors of the 20th century, known for his deft social commentary and grasp on the lives of the everyday person. Born on February 27, 1902, this literary figure is remembered for novels like 1937's Of Mice and Men and 1939's The Grapes of Wrath, along with select nonfiction work and screenplays. Here are 11 facts about Steinbeck's life and career.