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A journey into Steinbeck's California
Shillinglaw, Susan.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Roaring Forties Press, [2006]

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ix, 209 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 20 cm.
Steinbeck's California : the valley of the world -- Salinas : a remembered symphony -- Beyond Salinas : salad bowl of the world -- Moving around : a restless decade -- Monterey Peninsula : circle of enchantment -- Pacific Grove : the writer's retreat -- New Monterey : water-gazers -- Bohemian Carmel : modernism in the west -- Los Gatos : a place to write -- Beyond California : the lure of Mexico.
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Susan Shillinglaw examines the relationship between the iconic writer, John Steinbeck, and the area he loved so prominently in his work. This original and beautifully illustrated volume explores such landscapes as Salinas, Pacific Grove and Los Gatos.

Author Notes

Susan Shillinglaw is a scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, and a professor of English at San Jose State University, where she was also the director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies for many years. She was a consultant to Harpo Productions for Oprah's website on East of Eden, and has consulted for popular media such as Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, and A&E. She is the coauthor of How to Organize a Steinbeck Book or Film Discussion Group and a coeditor of Beyond Boundaries: Rereading John Steinbeck and Steinbeck and the Environment. She lives in Los Gatos, California. Nancy Burnett has been photographing the California landscape for more than 30 years. She is the producer of The Shape of Life and Strange Days on Planet Earth for PBS, coproducer of the photographic exhibit Sea Stars for the Smithsonian, and coauthor of The Shape of Life . She lives in the Carmel Valley in California.

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Library Journal Review

Though he won both a Pulitzer and a Nobel prize, 20th-century American icon writer John Steinbeck was often reviled in his lifetime. This book takes the reader through the unique landscape revealed in this complex writer's books. Shillinglaw (English, San Jose State Univ.), a scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA, draws a rich portrait of Steinbeck's California, even if at times her text has the tone of a doctoral thesis. Areas covered in depth are Salinas (East of Eden), the Monterey Peninsula (Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row), and Los Gatos (where Steinbeck lived and wrote The Grapes of Wrath). For those who would follow Steinbeck farther afield, his time in Mexico, Baja California, and New York is included. What gives this book a place on any library's shelves is its excellent historical background on places of significance to Steinbeck, complemented by clearly defined maps for locations and buildings. Lavishly illustrated with historic photographs and contemporary scenes by photographer Nancy Burnett, Steinbeck's California concludes with a time line of the writer's life, extensive notes, and a comprehensive index. Highly recommended.-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Steinbeck's California: The Valley of the World
Salinas: A Remembered Symphony
Beyond Salinas: Salad Bowl of the World
Moving Around: A Restless Decade
Monterey Peninsula: Circle of Enchantment
Pacific Grove: The Writer's Retreat
New Monterey: Water-Gazers
Bohemian Carmel: Modernism in the West
Los Gatos: A Place to Write
Beyond California: The Lure of Mexico