Journal Of A Novel: The East Of Eden Letters by John SteinbeckJournal Of A Novel: The East Of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck

Journal Of A Novel: The East Of Eden Letters

byJohn Steinbeck

Paperback | December 1, 1990

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Each working day from January 29 to November 1, 1951, John Steinbeck warmed up to the work of writing East of Eden with a letter to the late Pascal Covici, his friend and editor at The Viking Press. It was his way, he said, of "getting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game."

Steinbeck's letters were written on the left-hand pages of a notebook in which the facing pages would be filled with the test of East of Eden. They touched on many subjects—story arguments, trial flights of worknamship, concern for his sons.

Part autobiography, part writer's workshop, these letters offer an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck's creative process, and a fascinating glimpse of Steinbeck, the private man.

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about 25 miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he le...
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Title:Journal Of A Novel: The East Of Eden LettersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.75 × 5.08 × 0.52 inPublished:December 1, 1990Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140144188

ISBN - 13:9780140144185

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"Full of insights and revelations involving the gladness and terror of writing." —Chicago Sun-Times

"A sort of Travels with Charley across a more personal country." —The Boston Globe