JOHN STEINBECK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/03/1960 - HFSID 291360
Sale Price $2,337.50
JOHN STEINBECKLetter to an ex-wife as he toured the Deep South, the journey recalled in his book Travels with Charley. His son "Cat" and boyhood friend Glenn Graves are mentioned in this very personal letter. Autograph Letter signed: "John", 3¼x5½ postcard. Postmarked Pelahatchie, Mississippi, December 3, 1960. Addressed in his own hand on verso to Gwyn Steinbeck (his ex-wife). In full: "Doing the deepest south now. I'm in Miss. Near the Alabama border. Saw the ladies perform in N. O. [New Orleans] (mother love). Going to Montgomery now and then Cracker country, then up the Smokeys. Should be home some time next week. This has been a long hard grind. Maybe I learned something. We'll see. Sorry to hear about Cat. He makes it so hard for himself. Can't think what next. Glenn Graves had a good record company. See you." Novelist JOHN STEINBECK (1902-1968), who was noted for his portrayals of hard-working people and social themes, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The works of the famed novelist, include Tortilla Flat (1935), Of Mice and Men (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1939; Pulitzer Prize, 1940), Cannery Row (© 1937, published in 1945) and East of Eden (1952). The cross country journey described here, pulling a camper and accompanied by his poodle, resulted in his travelogue Travels with Charley (1962). In all, Steinbeck wrote 16 novels, 6 non-fiction works, and five collections of short stories. The letter is addressed to Steinbeck's second wife from 1943 to 1950, Gwyndolyn (Conger) Steinbeck, the mother of his two sons. He had remarried - more happily - to Elaine (Scott) Steinbeck, but obviously kept in touch with Gwyn. "Cat" was their younger son, John Steinbeck IV, nicknamed "Catbird." Glenn Graves was Steinbeck's friend since their shared early California childhood. An interesting account of a famous journey. Steinbeck was dying, and he knew it, and wanted to see America one last time. As this letter anticipates, however, Steinbeck would write an unflattering account of the people and culture encountered on this journey. Lightly worn at corners. Fine condition.
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