Steinbeck on the Web
Nobel Acceptance speech
- He received the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1962.
"Such is the prestige of the Nobel Award and of this place
where I stand that I am impelled, not to speak like a grateful and
apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession
and in the great and good men who have practised it through the
ages." -- John Steinbeck
:: John Steinbeck
- The Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia is an exquisite
result of the internet. This is an excellent Uncertainty Principle
resource, fully hyperlinked through the Wikipedia encyclopedia.
John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902 - December 20, 1968) was one of the most famous American novelists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962, though his popularity with readers never was matched by the literary critics.
- -- Wikipedia
- Steinbeck Center
- Our mission is the exploration of Human Values through Universal
Ideas found in the works of John Steinbeck.
Well, I get the creeps whenever someone starts capitalizing phrases
like Human Values and Universal ideas, however, this
site is an excellent source for biographical information.
- John Steinbeck: The
- Ed Stephan brings us
a gorgeous, thoroughly researched and informative site. Chapter summaries
and more for a large number of Steinbeck's novels, and a great link
Steinbeck's myth of the Okies
- Grapes of Wrath undergoes some historical revisionism.
"The Grapes of Wrath is the only example of the proletarian novel
to survive. Why it became the story that defined the Great Depression
for America is a question that still calls for an answer. Why weren’t
other novels from this genre and this period—stories of battles
at Carolina textile mills, Pennsylvania steel towns, or Appalachian
coal mines—the ones that did the job? The ultimate answer does
not lie in the proletarian novel or any other version of Marxist literary
endeavor. The enduring appeal of Steinbeck’s story—though
not his book—is its application of a great Biblical theme to
the experience of an ordinary American farming family." -- Keith Windschuttle
Steinbeck: Advice for Beginning writers
- Just figured I'd end with something Steinbeck actually wrote...and
some good advice too.
"The basic rule given us was simple and heartbreaking. A story to
be effective had to convey something from the writer to the reader,
and the power of its offering was the measure of its excellence. Outside
of that, there were no rules." -- John Steinbeck
Steinbeck on Nomadic Spirit pages
- John, I don't think we're
in Kansas anymore...Oklahoma!
- Let's start things off with a quote, from The Grapes of Wrath
of course, as are all the quotes following. This one's about what
remains after all else has been stripped away.
- Going to and fro...
- Another quote, preceeded by a passing reference in the journal
entry. About leadership.
- More of that history,
if you will _ Part III
- A quote. Leaning on pencils...
- The last of that history
wall; I bet you're pleased _ Part IV
- A quote. Um, a passage. Well, an excerpt really, concerning owner
men, tenant men and monsters.
- Enough history already,
how 'bout some real stuff?
- Three paragraphs this time: tractor men.
- Buiwdings t'ow stories.
- What men will do for $3 a day. Another lengthy excerpt.
- Cowboys and Indians.
- More on why pa don't like writin'.
- Losin' the sperit.
- Casey's prayer. An excerpt. And if you read the article above
this quote, you'll find it concludes with Steinbeck.
- The last place in Oklahoma.
- Picking over the possessions.
- The Road of Flight.
- Chapter 12, in which Steinbeck says, "66 is the mother road,
the road of flight." This is followed by a quote about the tiredness
- The Mother Road.
- Some of my own commentary, on what Steinbeck means by "The Mother
Road." Followed by a quote about being scared.
- Another mother.
- Chapter 14, about the beginning change (which never comes). Followed
by a shorter excerpt: the vacant land.
- Santa Fe
- About what the Americans wanted more than anyone else. A quote.
- I still don't get it...
- What I still don't get is why Route 66 became such a magical
highway. Significant, important, busy: these I understand. But why
has it captured so many imaginations? And why does the phrase "The
Mother Road" have such a positive meaning in the vernacular when Steinbeck's
viewpoint on the highway appears rather bleak? Why have we forgotten
that he saw it also as "The Road of Flight"?
- The dustless air.
- I comment here about what the desert is filled with.
- I need a vacation.
- I make some passing references to Steinbeck's "pretty little
- I quote a passage from The Grapes of Wrath and discuss
its implications for me. Probably not the kind of topic or implications
you'd usually expect from me...