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Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters
John Steinbeck


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This collection of letters forms a fascinating day-by-day account of Steinbeck’s writing of East of Eden, his longest and most ambitious novel. The letters, ranging over many subjects – textual discussion, trial flights of workmanship, family matters – provide an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck, the creative genius, and a private glimpse of Steinbeck, the man.

Paperback, 192pp
Penguin Books, 2001 (1969)
ISBN 9780141186344