By Susan Shillinglaw
This half artwork e-book, half biography, and half shuttle advisor bargains perception into how landscapes and townscapes inspired John Steinbeck's inventive strategy and the way, in flip, his legacy has prompted smooth California. numerous varieties of readers will savor the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will study extra in regards to the nation featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an analogous constructions that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will get pleasure from the engrossing point of view on lifestyle in early and mid 20th-century California. supplying a wholly new viewpoint on Steinbeck and the folks and locations that he dropped at lifestyles in his writing, this variation encompasses a remarkable number of images, sketches, and work, together with a few from deepest, hardly ever obvious collections. With a brand new preface from the writer, up-to-date information on featured web content, a brand new dialogue on Steinbeck's ecological pursuits and actions, and an extended...
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For Steinbeck, “ALL” is also suggested in what he called a “child’s vision,” a sense he wanted to achieve in East of Eden, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, even the stately Sea of Cortez. “Adults haven’t the clean fine judgment of children,” he wrote to a friend. In Of Mice and Men he wanted “colors more clear than they are to adults, of tastes more sharp. ” Children see the world unmitigated. They participate fully. The child’s vision of nature—universal, sharply observed, deeply felt, and complete—is Steinbeck’s legacy.
They are curious and some, like Steinbeck, want to burrow into the marrow of a place, to be an eyewitness to contemporary events. Some, like Steinbeck’s malcontents on The Wayward Bus, learn important lessons. And some, like Steinbeck, travel in order to better understand themselves as Citizens of the World, inhabitants of a region. For Steinbeck, to travel was to live fully, deeply, truly, also inhabiting a region. ” That phrase suggests both creative yearnings and his own wanderlust. But it’s also true that he was a homebody, and the paradox of flight from and return to California was the story of his life.
When he reached California, at the midpoint of the book, Steinbeck was coming home—as Thomas Wolfe says we must not and cannot. He looked mournfully at places altered—Monterey, Cannery Row, Salinas. But he ended his stay in Monterey County on top of his beloved Fremont Peak, with an elegy to what that panorama still held: his roots. Roll back the years and the fields still spread out, and his father is still carving his mother’s name on a tree near Big Sur. As Steinbeck left Monterey County, he rediscovered his own sense of place in a vista that still gives tourists and natives alike something akin to a chill: the sight of California’s gentle golden hills, groomed valleys, and the sea beyond.