By Susan Shillinglaw
This half paintings ebook, half biography, and half trip advisor deals perception into how landscapes and townscapes inspired John Steinbeck's artistic procedure and the way, in flip, his legacy has prompted smooth California. a variety of varieties of readers will enjoy the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will study extra concerning the kingdom featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at a similar constructions that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will enjoy the engrossing viewpoint on way of life in early 20th-century California. providing a completely new standpoint on Steinbeck and the folk and areas that he dropped at lifestyles in his writing, readers will locate savour this depiction of the symbiotic dating among an writer and his favourite areas.
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25 A Journey into Steinbeck’s California At 8 66 Capitol Avenue is the Nesbitt house, built in 1881 (ignore the sign on the house next door). Salinas Town Marshall William Nesbitt, sheriff during Steinbeck’s childhood and youth, lived here from 1902 to 1923. In East of Eden, Sheriff Quinn is modeled on Nesbitt, as Steinbeck notes in Journal of a Novel (1969), his East of Eden notebook: “When we first see Nesbitt (Sheriff Quinn) he will be Chief Deputy . . I remember him well. ” What Hometown Monument to Steinbeck?
This perception of the sharp distinction between those who maintained power and those who never had it influenced Steinbeck greatly, and its acknowledgment became his lifelong subject. Beyond Salinas: Corral de Tierra John Steinbeck loved 3 Corral de Tierra. His Aunt Mollie lived on a farm there, where most farmers raised chickens or grew tomatoes to sell to Monterey canneries. ” At the lower end of the valley, sandstone cliffs rise up, and to a young, impressionable Steinbeck they were King Arthur’s keep.
A couple of other sites show up in East of Eden. At 18 12 West Gabilan Street, between Main and Salinas streets, is the 29 A Journey into Steinbeck’s California Old Post Office, where Adam Trask has a stroke. In the little alley at the side of the building, Cal Trask learns that his mother was a notorious brothel madam. The iron post office bars are still on the side windows. ” At 20 726 Main Street is Salinas High School, recently restored, its cornerstone still in place. In 1920, Mr. Steinbeck was on the committee to prepare a dedication ceremony for the new high school, and he asked John and his visiting college roommate, George Mors, to gather local products to place in the cornerstone.