Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Log from the Sea of Cortez
John Steinbeck


In 1940 Steinbeck sailed in a sardine boat with his great friend the marine biologist, Ed Ricketts, to collect marine invertebrates from the beaches of the Gulf of California. The expedition was described by the two men in The Log from the Sea of Cortez, published in 1951. The day-to-day story of the trip is told here in the Log, which combines science, philosophy and high-spirited adventure.

Paperback, 320pp
Penguin Books, 2001 (1951)
ISBN 9780141186078