A Journey into Steinbeck's California (ArtPlace series) by Susan Shillinglaw

By Susan Shillinglaw

This half artwork e-book, half biography, and half commute advisor deals perception into how landscapes and townscapes prompted John Steinbeck's artistic method and the way, in flip, his legacy has inspired sleek California. a variety of sorts of readers will savour the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra concerning the country featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an analogous constructions that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will relish the engrossing point of view on way of life in early 20th-century California. providing a completely new viewpoint on Steinbeck and the folk and areas that he delivered to existence in his writing, readers will locate enjoy this depiction of the symbiotic courting among an writer and his favourite areas.

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By the mid-nineteenth century, mustard carpeted the valley in the spring. ” In fields and orchards, mustard roots helped break up the soil. By the 1870s, up to 400,000 pounds of mustard seed was harvested by Chinese workers each fall. Mr. Steinbeck brought mustard seed when he visited John at Tahoe in 1927, and the two made mustard in John’s tiny cabin. For early travelers, the Salinas Valley could be forbidding, a place of sloughs, cut through by an often-dry riverbed, whipped by wind. In 1872, one traveler, Stephen Powers, found it an execrable place at best.

20 Today, Olive Steinbeck’s respectable air lingers about the imposing, Queen Anne–style family home, which has been the Steinbeck House restaurant since 1974. John’s grandparents purchased the home on March 28, 1901, three years after it was built, and John’s father was able to buy the home from his parents in 1908. Although the 4,000-square-foot dwelling suggests familial wealth, the Steinbecks were at best moderately prosperous and at worst financially strapped for many years. The home has been redecorated, yet retains its Victorian style, particularly the front parlor, where the family piano sat and where young Steinbeck pounded keys from fifth to twelfth grade (a very good piano player, his teacher reported).

Shipped back. During World War II, another wave of Mexican Harvesting broccoli rabe. Beginning in the late 1860s, Salinas landowners laborers filled the gap left contracted Chinese workers to harvest wheat, the when the Southwest dominant crop; in the 1870s, Chinese workers cleared migrants Steinbeck wrote sloughs surrounding the new town, reclaiming land for about found jobs in the agriculture. Well into the twentieth century, Chinese defense industry or fought crews dug drainage ditches and slogged through waistoverseas.

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