Rare John Steinbeck column probes strength of US democracy
Steinbeck was closely associated with his native California, the setting for all or most of “The Grapes of Wrath," “Of Mice and Men” and other fiction. Gulli calls Steinbeck's column in the French publication a timely work for current concerns about democracy. Steinbeck believed that the United States was a force for good and fortunate in its ability to correct itself. McCarthyism was peaking around the time of Steinbeck's column and McCarthy himself would be censured by his Senate peers within months and dead by 1957. But he does not think Steinbeck's column can be applied to contemporary politics.wftv.com
Steinbeck's tender letter to son sells for more than $32,000
BOSTON — (AP) — A heartfelt letter written by author John Steinbeck offering paternal advice to his teenage son who was experiencing love for the first time has sold at auction for more than $32,000. The two-page, handwritten letter, dated Nov. 10, 1958, went for $32,426 to a collector who wishes to remain anonymous, Boston-based auction house RR Auction said Thursday. The letter is remarkable because the Nobel Literature Prize laureate author doesn't simply brush off his then 14-year-old son Thomas' feelings as childish puppy love. “If you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Thomas Steinbeck died in 2016.wftv.com
Steinbeck's letter to son on love, 'the best thing,' on sale
Boston-based RR Auction says the handwritten draft of a letter to his eldest son, Thomas — then 14 — shows the “Of Mice and Men” author's empathy: He refused to dismiss it as puppy love. “While this letter offers an intimate, private glimpse into Steinbeck’s family life, it also expresses his ideas about love with profundity and eloquence,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of the auction house. In the two-page letter, dated Nov. 10, 1958, the Nobel Literature Prize laureate told his son: “If you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Nothing good gets away," the California-born novelist wrote, signing his letter simply: “Love, Father.”John Steinbeck died in 1968, and Thomas Steinbeck died in 2016. The text of the letter has been published for worldwide audiences, including in 1989's “Steinbeck: A Life in Letters,” by Penguin Books.wftv.com
How a Literary Road Trip Helped Me Cope with Infertility
In 1960, John Steinbeck set out on a cross-country adventure with his standard poodle, Charley. More than half a century later, writer Kristin Wong did the same thing with her dog—and learned an unexpected lesson about the pain of uncertainty.outsideonline.com
Publishing saw upheaval in 2020, but 'books are resilient'
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK – Book publishing in 2020 was a story of how much an industry can change and how much it can, or wants to, remain the same. To its benefit and to its dismay, publishing was drawn into the events of the moment. Penguin Random House, among other initiatives, asked all employees to read Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be an Anti-Racist.” Kendi later presided over a company town hall. Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg, who cited a wide range of diversity programs at the publishing house that began before “American Dirt,” said he “understands the skepticism." The CEO of Penguin Random House U.S., Madeline McIntosh, noted how well book publishing could meet the public's needs during the pandemic and other events of 2020.
Obscure works by Chandler, Christie published this week
NEW YORK – Two of crime fiction's most famous storytellers, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie, also knew how to get a laugh. According to Tony Medawar, producer of the International Agatha Christie Festival (in Devon, England), Christie likely drew upon her own childhood in setting a playful atmosphere, with the kids showing proper irreverence for the supposedly world famous detective. “Christmas Adventure" also is appearing in the upcoming Christie collection “Midwinter Murder,” which comes out Oct. 20. "‘Christmas Adventure’ is a particularly light-hearted story," Medawar says. Chandler's employer guide, according to Chandler scholar Dr. Sarah Trott, was likely written in the early 1950s, when Chandler hired a private secretary, Juanita Messick.
Alexie, Pilkey books among most 'challenged' of past decade
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie appears at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Seattle's City Hall. Alexie is included in a list of authors who wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. The association does not formally count the number of times books are actually removed from a library shelf or from a school reading list. “There are actually two lines of objections to the Anne Frank diary,” Caldwell-Stone says.
Extra: Chris O'Dowd: "There's so much great stuff" on Broadway
Extra: Chris O'Dowd: "There's so much great stuff" on Broadway Actor Chris O'Dowd, who stars in the Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," talks with CBS News correspondent Jamie Wax about experiencing Broadway as an audience member and some of his favorite shows.cbsnews.com