Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters

Type
Book
Authors
ISBN 10
0140144188 
ISBN 13
9780140144185 
Category
Biographies & Memoirs  [ Browse Items ]
Edition
Reprint 
Publication Year
1990 
Publisher
Pages
192 
Tags
Letters, Criticism & Theory, United States, United States, American Literature 
Abstract
 
Description
Each working day from January 29 to November 1, 1951, John Steinbeck warmed up to the work of writing East of Eden with a letter to the late Pascal Covici, his friend and editor at The Viking Press. It was his way, he said, of "getting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game." Steinbeck's letters were written on the left-hand pages of a notebook in which the facing pages would be filled with the test of East of Eden. They touched on many subjects—story arguments, trial flights of worknamship, concern for his sons. Part autobiography, part writer's workshop, these letters offer an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck's creative process, and a fascinating glimpse of Steinbeck, the private man. 
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