John Steinbeck’s California

"I think I would like to write the story of this whole valley, of all the little towns and all the farms and the ranches in the wilder hills. I can see how I would like to do it so that it would be the valley of the world." Steinbeck's letter to George Albee, Salinas, 1933

Whether he was reporting from the front lines of the war on poverty or the conflict in Vietnam,  John Steinbeck brought honesty and integrity to his craft.  Steinbeck understood that readers sought out what was true in this world. From his first book to his last, Steinbeck capitalized on the stories he had heard from the ...

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