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John Steinbeck

magazine cover portrait of John Steinbeck, circa 1940               short profile

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"Most of the feeling [that] we call religious, most of the mystical outcrying which is
one of the prized and used and desired reactions of our species, is really
the understanding and the attempt to say that man is related to the whole thing."
— John Steinbeck (from "Sea of Cortez" 1941)

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John Ernst Steinbeck III was born 27 February 1902 in Salinas, California. The novel "The Grapes of Wrath" [publd 4/14/39] is considered his masterpiece, and earned a Pulitzer Prize for The Novel in 1940. He received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 and the U.S. Medal of Freedom in 1964. He died 20 December 1968 in New York City of heart disease.

National Steinbeck Center [est. 1998]
John Steinbeck entry at Wikipedia
John Steinbeck's credits [since 1939] at Internet Movie Database
John Steinbeck's Broadway credits [1937-90]
browse John Steinbeck books at Amazon

John Steinbeck Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website


John Steinbeck Centennial boxed set  John Steinbeck Centennial Boxed Set [2002]
"Of Mice and Men" [1937], "The Grapes of Wrath" [1939], "Cannery Row" [1945], "The Pearl" [1947], "East of Eden" [1952] & "Travels With Charley In Search of America" [1962]
Penguin 9x6 pb [1/2002] for $56.70
Library of America John Steinbeck volume 1  John Steinbeck: Novels and Stories 1932-1937 [1994]
Edited by Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck

"The Pastures of Heaven" [1932], "To A God Unknown" [1933], "Tortilla Flat" [1935], "In Dubious Battle" [1936] & "Of Mice and Men" [1937]
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [9/94] for $24.50
Library of America John Steinbeck volume 2  John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath & Other Writings 1936-1941
[1996] Edited by Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck

"The Harvest Gypsies" [1936], "The Long Valley" [1938], "The Grapes of Wrath" [1939] & "The Log From The Sea of Cortez" [1941]
Library of America 8x5 hardcover [10/96] for $35.00
Library of America John Steinbeck volume 3  John Steinbeck: Novels 1942-1952 [2002]
Edited by Robert DeMott

"The Moon Is Down" [1942], "Cannery Row" [1945], "The Pearl" [1947] & "East of Eden" [1952]
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [2/2002] for $24.50
Library of America John Steinbeck volume 4  John Steinbeck: Travels With Charley and Later Novels [2007]
Edited by Robert DeMott & Brian Railsback

"The Wayward Bus" [1947], "Burning Bright" [1950], "Sweet Thursday"
[1954], "The Winter of Our Discontent" [1961] & "Travels With Charley In Search of America" [1962]

Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [2/2007] for $26.40

Library of America Special Offer: 3-volume "John Steinbeck Collection (13 Complete Novels)" for new subscribers
Library of America 8x5¼ slipcover set [8/2017] 3 books for $9.95 + $5.95 s/h

Primary  Works

listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  "The Grapes of Wrath" [Viking April 1939]
Grapes of Wrath novel by John Steinbeck  When America was devastated by the 'Dust Bowl' drought, many farmers lost their land, and many of them migrated to California. Steinbeck's epic novel revealed to the world the plight of a family of 'Okies' (from Oklahoma), and caused society to make changes in 'The System'. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel, and is listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005).
Kindle Edition from Penguin Publng [2006 edition] for $12.99
Penguin 8¼x5¾ pb [1/2002] for $11.03
Bantam mass pb [1964] out of print/used
Penguin 7½x5 library hardcover [3/2006] for $20.59
Penguin UNABR audio [10/98] 12 tapes read by Dylan Baker - out of prodn/used

Grapes of Wrath movie directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda  feature film from 20th Century-Fox [January 1940]
John Ford's movie (from Nunnally Johnson's script) remains an unforgettable experience even 70 years later. Directed by John Ford [1894-1973]; script by Nunnally Johnson; cinematography by Gregg Toland; starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin & Dorris Bowdon; won Oscars for Best Director & Best Supporting Actress (Darwell), nominated for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Actor (Fonda), Best Editing, Best Sound; listed in National Film Registry 1989; ranked #21 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films • full credits at IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia
more details on Magic Lantern's "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940 Movie Page

The Grapes of Wrath 1990 Broadway stageplay by Frank Galati  "The Grapes of Wrath" stageplay [1988]
Adapted & directed by Frank Galati; 188 Broadway performances, March-Sept 1990; won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director, won Drama Desk Award for Best Director

Josef Weinberger Plays 7½x5 pb [6/91] out of print/used
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [9/91] out of print/used
Fireside Theatre hardcover [1990] out of print/scarce
production details at IBDbstageplay entry at Wikipedia
L.A. Theatre Works live radio performance [2007]
full-cast production starring Shirley Knight & Jeffrey Donovan, with live music
L.A. Theatre Works audio CD [7/2007] 2 disks for $18.68
Critical Essays on Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" book edited by John Ditsky  
"Critical Essays On Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath" [1989]
Edited by John Ditsky

Twayne Publrs 9½x6 hardcover [3/89] for $66.00
Grapes of Wrath Working Days book edited by Robert Demott  "Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, 1938-1941" [1989]
Edited by Robert Demott

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [12/90] for $10.50
Viking hardcover [3/89] out of print/used
Grapes of Wrath stageplay original music by Jason McCool ©2001  "The Grapes of Wrath": original music for the University of Rochester Intl. Theatre Program production [©2001] by Jason McCool
Jason's website includes MP3 links that use Quicktime Media Player
Modern Critical Interpretations / Grapes of Wrath book by edited by Harold Bloom  "Modern Critical Interpretations: The Grapes of Wrath" [2006]
Edited by Harold Bloom

Chelsea House Publns 9½x6 library hardcover [11/2006] for $45.00
The Grapes of Wrath opera, Minnesota Opera cast recording  "The Grapes of Wrath: An Opera in 3 Acts" [2007] premiered at Minnesota Opera in February 2007; music by Ricky Ian Gordon, libretto by Micheal Korie
opera entry at Wikipedia
Minnesota Opera cast recording, conducted by Grant Gershon [2007]
P.S. Classics audio CD [8/2008] 3 disks for $36.68
Obscene in the Extreme book by Rick Wartzman  
"Obscene In The Extreme: The Burning & Banning of John Steinbeck's
The Grapes of Wrath" [2008] by Rick Wartzman

PublicAffairs 9x5½ pb [9/2009] for $11.21
PublicAffairs 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2008] for $20.48

"Cannery Row" [Viking Jan 1945]
Cannery Row   Penguin 8½x5½ pb [1/2002] for $9.60

Official Guide to Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Cannery Row video  1982 M.G.M. Movie
Script based on "Cannery Row" & "Sweet Thursday"; written &
directed by David S. Ward; starring Nick Nolte & Debra Winger
Turner Home Video color VHS [3/93] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb
sequel to "Cannery Row"
"Sweet Thursday" [Viking June 1954]
Sweet Thursday  
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [10/96] for $10.40


  "Of Mice & Men" [Covici-Friede Feb 1937]
filmed in 1939, 1968, 1981 & 1992; staged on Broadway in 1937, 1974 & 2014,
also as a 1970 opera and a 2010 BBC Radio production

Mice & Men book  Kindle Edition from Penguin Classic [1994 edition] for $5.62
Bantam mass pb [9/83] out of print/130+ used
Penguin 8½x5½ pb [1/2002] for $11.80
Penguin hardcover [1993] for $17.15
Penguin ABRIDGED audio [10/92] 2 tapes read by Gary Sinise for $5.88
book entry at Wikipedia
Of Mice & Men 1939   1939 b&w movie [Hal Roach Studios / United Artists]
Directed by Lewis Milestone; starring Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bickford, Roman Bohnen, Bob Steele & Noah Beery Jr.; nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Music (Aaron Copland), Best Sound
Image Ent b&w DVD [3/2001] for $7.38
Image Ent b&w VHS [3/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Of Mice & Men 1992  1992 M.G.M. color movie
Directed by & co-starring Gary Sinise; also starring John Malkovich, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko, Sherilyn Fenn & John Terry
MGM/UA widescreen color DVD [11/2001] for $40.67
MGM/UA color VHS [10/93] for $10.22
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "East of Eden" [Viking Sept 1952]
Steinbeck considered "East of Eden" his greatest novel: "I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this."

East of Eden book by John Steinbeck  book entry at Wikipedia
Kindle Edition from Penguin Group [2002 edition] for $7.50
Penguin/Oprah 8½x5½ pb [6/2003] for $13.50
Viking/Oprah 8¾x6 hardcover [6/2003] for $20.63
Sears & Viking hardcover [1952] out of print/90+ used
    East of Eden movie directed by Elia Kazan  

color movie [Warner 1955]
Filmed in Cinemascope; produced & directed by Elia Kazan; script by Paul Osborn; starring Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives & Richard Davalos; won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Jo Van Fleet), Oscar noms for Best Director, Best Script/Adaptation & Best Actor (Dean)
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [3/2014] for $14.96
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [11/2013] 2 disks for $9.23
Warner Special Edition widescreen color DVD [5/2005] 2 disks for $13.97
Warner Home Video color VHS [12/94] for $5.14
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Journal / East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck  
"Journal of A Novel: The East of Eden Letters" [1972]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [12/90] for $11.20
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [7/2001] out of print/used
East of Eden 1981 tv miniseries  TV miniseries [Viacom/A.B.C. Feb 1981]
Directed by Harvey Hart; script by Richard Shapiro; starring Karen Allen, Anne Baxter, Hart Bochner, Sam Bottoms, Timothy Bottoms, Bruce Boxleitner, Jane Seymour, Warren Oates, Soon-Tek Oh & Lloyd Bridges
Acorn Media color DVD [3/2009] 3 disks for $40.22
Anchor Bay color VHS [9/90] 3 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
"East of Eden: Art In Search of Life" documentary short
[Warner Bros./Sparkhill May 2005]
available on 2-disk DVD above; full credits at IMDb

"East of Eden" feature film [Universal/Imagine; in development 2014]
Directed by Tom Hooper; script by Christopher Hampton, based on the John Steinbeck novel
latest info at IMDb {still in development 2018}

"In Dubious Battle" [Viking Press 1936]
Dubious Battle novel by John Steinbeck  Written before "Grapes of Wrath", this story of a strike among migrant workers in apple orchards of California tells how Jim Nolan becomes a leader of the workers and then suffers crushing defeat.
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [5/2006] for $10.88
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [10/92] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [6/76] out of print/used
Viking Press hardcover [10/36] out of print/many used

"The Sea of Cortez"
Sea of Cortez 1941 by John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts  "Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel & Research"
[Viking Dec 1941] by John Steinbeck & Dr. Edward F. Ricketts

Paul P. Appel hardcover [6/71 reprint] extremely rare/used
Log From The Sea of Cortez 1951  "The Log From The Sea of Cortez" [Viking 1951]
by John Steinbeck

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [11/95] for $11.16
Viking pb [4/77] out of print/used
Searching for Steinbeck  "Searching For Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez: A Makeshift Expedition
Along Baja's Desert Coast" [2002] by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Sasquatch 8½x5½ pb [9/2002] for $11.87
With Steinbeck In The Sea of Cortez  "With Steinbeck In The Sea of Cortez: A Memoir of The
Steinbeck/Ricketts Expedition" [1991]
by Sparky Enea & Audry Lynch

Sand River Press 9x6 pb [10/91] for $11.94

2004 re-creation of the 'Sea of Cortez' voyage {26 March to 26 May, 2004)
English web journalSpanish web journal
participants include Jon Christenson of San Jose State University, chief scientist Prof. William F. Gilly of Stanford University,
Frank Donahue (owner/skipper of the 73-foot Gus-D), Chuck Baxter (Stanford lecturer emeritus), and
photographer Nancy Burnett; beer ration supplied by North Coast Brewing Co. of Fort Bragg, California

"Travels With Charley In Search of America"
[Viking Press non-fiction 1962]
portrait of author John Steinbeck with his dog Charley  In 1960, author Steinbeck set out in a pickup-truck-with-camper, accompanied by his French standard poodle Charley, and traveled across America, from Long Island to Montana to New Orleans to California. He found that the 'New America' replacing the old American values was not something that he liked.
Penguin mass pb [1/80] for $8.00
Bantam mass pb [1963] out of print/many used
Travels With Charley In Search of America audiobook read by Gary Sinise  "Travels With Charley: In Search of America" read by Gary Sinise
Penguin UNABR audio CD [6/2011] for $19.77
Penguin-HighBridge UNABR audio cassettes [11/94] 6 tapes for $25.51

Travels With Max In Search of Steinbeck's America book by Gregory Zeigler  "Travels With Max: In Search of Steinbeck's America Fifty Years Later" [2010]
by Gregory Zeigler

Inspired by Steinbeck's "Travels With Charley", Gregory Zeigler celebrated the 50th anniversary of Steinbeck's storied trip by driving 15,000 miles over nine weeks, camp-ing with his dog Max and exploring the country and what Americans are like today.
Blaine Creek Press of Montana 8½x5½ pb [7/2010] for $15.95
(self-) publisher website
Long Way Home / Steinbeck's America book by Bill Barich  "Long Way Home: On The Trail of Steinbeck's America" [2010]
by Bill Barich

Walker & Co. 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2010] for $18.98

official first day cover of U.S. commemorative postage stamp honoring John Steinbeck

Other Works
Steinbeck audio catalog at Amazon

Steinbeck's Cup of Gold  "Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, With Occasional Reference To History" [1929]
Penguin Ltd. pb [8/2004] for $11.97
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [11/95] for $10.78
Viking mass pb [5/93] out of print/used
hardcover [1936] out of print/used

"The Pastures of Heaven" [stories 1932]

"To A God Unknown" [1933]
BooksOnTape UNABR audio [1/92] 8 tapes for $48.00

"The Red Pony" [1933]

"The Red Pony" Technicolor feature film [Republic Pictures 1949]
Directed by Lewis Milestone, script by John Steinbeck; starring Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum & Louis Calhern
listed in "Jeffrey Lyons' 100 Great Movies For Kids" [1996]

"The Red Pony" [TV 1973] /tt0070598/
starring Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara & Ben Johnson

"Tortilla Flat" [1935]
"Tortilla Flat" read by John McDonough
Penguin UNABR audio [2/99] 6 tapes for $20.97

"Tortilla Flat" b&w movie [1942] /tt0035460/ starring Spencer Tracy & John Garfield

Harvest Gypsies  "The Harvest Gypsies: On The Road To The Grapes of Wrath" [1936]
Intro by Charles Wollenberg, 22 b&w photos by Dorothea Lange

Seven newspaper articles written by John Steinbeck for The San Francisco News in
1936 – after writing "In Dubious Battle" and prior to "Grapes of Wrath"; first printed
in book form in 1996

Heyday Books 8x6 pb [7/2002] for $9.95
Heyday Books 8x6 hardcover [10/96] out of print/many used

"Their Blood Is Strong" [1938] by John Steinbeck
The Simon J. Lubin Society of California published a pamphlet-sized text version
of the seven articles, which is now extremely rare

"The Long Valley" [stories 1938]

"The Moon Is Down" [1942] /tt0036170/ = not on ML/warFF + pb 0140187464

"The Pearl" [1947]
Penguin UNABR audio read by Hector Elizondo [4/94] 2 tapes for $11.20

Steinbeck's "The Pearl" 1947 b&w film /tt0037981/

Steinbeck's "The Pearl" 2001 = /B0009PW4CI + /tt0245350/

"The Wayward Bus" [1947]

"A Russian Journal" [non-fiction 1948]

Knight in the Tiger/Panther Skin 900-year-old epic poem by Shot'Ha Rust'Hveli  "The Knight In The Tiger Skin" [circa 1200 C.E.] by Shot'Ha Rust'Hveli
Also known as "The Knight In The Panther's Skin"; Steinbeck read a copy of this book while in Russia, a trip that was later reported in "Russian Journal"; Steinbeck describes the book as a wonderful 900-year-old epic poem; the author is an icon of Georgian [SSR] national literature.
Fredonia Books 9x6¾ pb [9/2001] for $27.64
book entry at Wikipedia

"The Short Reign of Pippin IV" [1957]

"Once There Was A War" [non-fiction novel 1958]

"The Winter of Our Discontent" [1961]

"America and Americans" [non-fiction 1966] /0670030627/

Acts of King Arthur & His Noble Knights book by John Steinbeck  "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: From The Winchester
Manuscripts of Thomas Malory & Other Sources" [1976]
by John Steinbeck, Foreword by Christopher Paolini

Published posthumously, Steinbeck’s book is a retelling of seven of the
original Arthurian legends.

Penguin Classics mass pb [12/2008] for $10.88
Del Rey mass pb [6/80] out of print/many used
FS&G 9x6 pb [4/93] out of print/many used
Viking 8½x5¾ hardcover [10/2007] for $19.77
Random House Value hardcover [12/82] out of print/many used
"Los Hechos del Rey Arturo y sus Nobles Caballeros"
Sudamericana 6¾x4½ pb [1/2000] for $16.34
Sudamericana hardcover [1/99] out of print/used

Spirit of America Bookstore's King Arthur Page

Announced 3/2010: Troika Pictures purchased the movie rights to John Steinbeck’s "The Acts of King Arthur
and His Noble Knights"; the proposed film will be produced by Robert L. Stein & Michael A. Helfant,
with Jennifer Lee adapting the screenplay; latest info at IMDb {still in development 2018}

Stageplays,  Motion  Pictures  &  Other  Media
John Steinbeck's credits [since 1939] at Internet Movie Database
John Steinbeck's Broadway credits [1937-90]

"The Forgotten Village" documentary feature [indep Nov 1941]
The Forgotten Village 1941 documentary feature written by John Steinbeck  "A realistic drama about a young boy and his family in a Mexican mountain village"
Co-produced by Rosa Harvan Kline; co-produced & co-directed by Herbert Kline & Alexander Hammid/Hackenschmid; story & screenplay by John Steinbeck; narrated by Burgess Meredith; music by Hanns Eisler; actors are non-professionals
A2Zcds/Tapeworm Video restored & remastered b&w DVD [3/2005] for $14.95
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [4/2010] for $7.98
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch the movie online [8/2004 upload; 1:05:05] for free at Internet Archive
watch full movie online [8/2012 upload; 1:05:05] online at YouTube
Forgotten Village book by Rosa Harvan Kline, Alexander Hackensmid & John Steinbeck  
"The Forgotten Village: Life In A Mexican Village" [1941]
by Rosa Harvan Kline & Alexander Hackensmid, Story by John Steinbeck

Kindle Edition from Penguin Books [7/2009] for $11.99
Penguin Books 8½x5½ pb [7/2009] for $19.16
Viking Press 10¼x7¼ hardcover [5/1941] out of print/70+ used

"Lifeboat" feature film [Fox Jan 1944]
Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" 1944 movie poster  A freighter and a German U-boat do battle in mid-Atlantic and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the lifeboats: a female journalist, a wealthy industrialist, the radio operator, a nurse, a Negro steward, a sailor, a hysterical English-woman, and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; script by Jo Swerling, based on a story by John Steinbeck; starring Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Hume Cronyn, Canada Lee & Heather Angel; Oscar noms for Best Director, Best Original Story (JS), Best B&W Cinematography
Fox Special Edition b&w DVD [10/2005] for $9.99
Fox b&w VHS [12/97] out of prodn/many used
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"A Medal For Benny" [Paramount April 1945]
A Medal For Benny 1945 movie co-written by John Steinbeck & Jack Wagner  The hometown of dead war hero Benny wants to share the glory, but when they realize that Benny's father lives in a shack, they move him into a new home and otherwise whitewash the past. A look at the hypocrisy of heroism, as Benny was generally shunned before dying in action. Directed by Irving Pichel; script by John Steinbeck & Jack Wagner; starring Dorothy Lamour, Arturo de Córdova, J. Carrol Naish, Mikhail Rasumny, Fernando Alvarado & Frank McHugh; Oscar nominated for Best Story & Best Supporting Actor (Naish)
not available on DVD; full credits from IMDb

"A Medal For Benny" live color TV broadcast [NBC-TV aired 25 Nov 1954]
1-hour live episode of Lux Video Theatre, the first coast-to-coast live broadcast of a comedy/drama
– and it was in color!
Directed by Buzz Kulik; starring Rick Jason, Anne Bancroft & J. Carrol Naish
full credits from IMDbarticle from Rick Jason's memoirs

"Burning Bright: A Play In Story Form" [1950]
Burning Bright novella by John Steinbeck  Introduction by John Ditsky; Steinbeck wrote this novella as an experimental form of stageplay, one with the author's & characters's novelistic thoughts included along with the dialogue & stagecraft. Because her aging husband is desperate for a child and she suspects that he is sterile, a young wife gets pregnant by her husband's cocky assistant; then the husband discovers that he is indeed sterile, so he cannot be the father.
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [11/2006] for $10.20
Bantam Books mass pb [1962] out of print/used
book/stageplay entry at Wikipedia

"Burning Bright" Broadway play [Oct 1950]
Produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein; flopped: 13 performances only; Broadway credits

"Play of The Week: Burning Bright" TV play [N.E.T./N.T.A. Oct 1959]
Burning Bright TV Play of The Week  Presented by Broadway Theatre Archive; 100-minute live telecast
directed by Curt Conway; hosted by David Susskind; starring Colleen
Dewhurst, Dana Elcar, Donald Madden & Myron McCormick
Kultur Video b&w DVD [7/2003] for $22.49
Kultur Video b&w VHS [7/2003] for $10.36
full credits at IMDb

"Burning Bright: The Opera" [1993] by American composer Frank Lewin

"Viva Zapata!" feature film [Fox Feb 1952]
Viva Zapata! movie  Directed by Elia Kazan; starring Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn & Joseph Wiseman; won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Quinn), nominated for Best Script (John Steinbeck), Best Actor (Brando), Best Music, Best Art Direction
b&w DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
Fox b&w VHS [6/2001] out of prodn/used
Verese soundtrack CD [3/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Zapata script by John Steinbeck  
Steinbeck's "Zapata" script in book form,
edited by Robert E. Morsberger

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [5/93] for $12.80

"O. Henry's Full House" anthology feature film [Fox Oct 1952]
O. Henry's Full House movie  On-screen narration by John Steinbeck; five segments based on stories of O. Henry [1862-1910]; includes "The Cop and The Anthem" directed by Henry Koster; "The Clarion Call" directed by Henry Hathaway; "The Last Leaf" directed by Jean Negulesco; "The Ransom of Red Chief" directed by Howard Hawks; and "The Gift of The Magi" directed by Henry King; actors include Lee Aaker, Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Craine, Farley Granger, Charles Laughton, Oscar Levant, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Peters, Gregory Ratoff, Dale Robertson & Richard Widmark; extras include two featurettes & two 1927 silent shorts
Fox color DVD [11/2006] for $16.99
full credits from IMDb

"Pipe Dream"  [Broadway musical Nov 1955-June 1956]
original cast album Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Pipe Dream"  Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway stage musical, adapted from Steinbeck's
"Sweet Thursday"; starring Helen Traubel, William Johnson & Judy Tyler;
9 Tony noms, won for Best Costumes
RCA Victor original cast recording audio CD [3/93] for $10.22
credits at Internet Broadway Databaseofficial webpage
7-song vocal score: Hal Leonard Corp. 12/8¾ pb [12/86] for $9.31
complete vocal score: Hal Leonard Corp. 12x9 pb [4/81] for $60.00

'Pipe Dream' revival in San Francisco, CA [July 1995]
'Pipe Dream' musical entry at Wikipedia

Spoken Word: American Writers from The British Library  "The Spoken Word: American Writers" [2008] compiled by Richard Fairman
The British Library audio CD set [10/2008] 3 disks for $23.97
interviewees include James Baldwin, Pearl Buck, Raymond Chandler (interviewed by Ian Fleming), Ralph Ellison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lillian Hellman, Sinclair Lewis, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill (reading from "Long Day's Journey Into Night"), Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck (on "The Grapes of Wrath"), and Tennessee Williams

Works About John Steinbeck
The Steinbeck Quarterly Journal [1968-93] online at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana

Life in Letters biography of John Steinbeck  "Steinbeck: A Life in Letters" [Viking 1975]
Edited by Robert Wallsten & Elaine Wallsten Steinbeck

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [4/89] for $17.50
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [7/2001] out of print/used
Galahad hardcover [3/79] out of print/used
Viking hardcover [10/75] out of print/used
John Steinbeck biography by Jackson J. Benson  "John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography" [1990]
by Jackson J. Benson

Penguin 8½x5½ pb [12/90] for $17.50

Monterey-based Steinbeck Country 'musi-drama' by Larry Hosford & Taelen Thomas  "Steinbeck Country: A Musi-Drama' [1994]
Essentially a one-man show about Steinbeck in the 1930s, with ten original songs based on his books; written in 1994, acted by Taelen Thomas, music by Larry Hosford's Music Troupe; based in Monterey, California
official webpage

A&E Biography 'John Steinbeck: An American Writer'  "John Steinbeck: An American Writer" [A&E Biography tv movie 2000]
Directed by Morgan Neville

A&E Home Video DVD [8/2004] out of prodn/used
A&E Home Video VHS [8/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbA&E Biography page
Steinbeck's Ghost YA novel by Lewis Buzbee  "Steinbeck's Ghost" YA novel [grades 5-9; 2008] by Lewis Buzbee
After his family moves to a suburb, young Travis rides his bike to Salinas and the John Steinbeck Library to read more of his favorite author; but the library may be forced to close and Travis begins seeing characters from Steinbeck's stories, and he even sees a young boy writing in a second story room of the Steinbeck boyhood home . . .
Kindle Edition from Feiwel & Friends [9/2008] for $7.99
Square Fish 8½x5½ pb [3/2010] for $13.87
Feiwel & Friends 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2008] out of print/50+ used

"John Steinbeck: America's Author" (People to Know) by Donne Florence (Library Binding - Feb 2000)
"Steinbeck and The Environment: Interdisciplinary Approaches" []
Edited by Susan F. Beegel, Susan Shillinglaw & Wesley N. Tiffney, Jr., Foreword by Elaine Steinbeck

Friends & Family
John Ernst Steinbeck III was born in 1902 in Salinas, California; the novel "The Grapes of Wrath" [1939] is considered his masterpiece, and earned a Pulitzer Prize for The Novel
in 1940; he received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 and the U.S. Medal of Freedom in 1964; John Steinbeck died in 1968 in New York City at age 66.

marine biologist Ed Ricketts [1897-1948] - pals 1930-1948
"John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts: The Shaping of A Novelist" [] by Richard Astro 0972197400

first wife Carol Henning Steinbeck Brown []
married January 1930, separated 1941, divorced March 1943

second wife Gwyndolyn Conger Steinbeck [?-1975]
married March 1943, divorced Aug 1948

son Thomas Myles 'Thom' Steinbeck [1944-2016]
Thom's entry at Wikipediaofficial website

Down To A Soundless Sea stories by Thomas Steinbeck  "Down To A Soundless Sea: Stories" [2002] by Thomas Steinbeck
Ballantine 7¼x5½ pb [9/2003] for $11.16
Ballantine 8¾x5¾ hardcover [10/2002] out of print/used
Brilliance UNABR audio CD [6/2004] for $25.90
Brilliance UNABR audio [10/2002] for $29.95
Nova ABR audio [10/2002] out of prodn/used
My California: Journeys By Great Writers book from the California Arts Council  "My California: Journeys By Great Writers" [27 travel essays, 2004]
Edited by Donna Wares, Illustrations by David Hockney, Introduction by Pico Iyer
Essays by 27 California authors, compiled as a revenue source for the California Arts Council; contributors include Mark Arax, Michael Chabon, Veronique de Turenne, Anh Do, Firoozeh Dumas, Percival Everett, Dana Gioia, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Gerald Haslam, Edward Humes, Pico Iyer, David Kipen, Aimee Liu, Mary Mackey, Devorah Major, Rubén Martínez, Patt Morrison, T. Jefferson Parker, Derek M. Powazek, Carolyn See, Thomas Steinbeck, Deanne Stillman, Héctor Tobar, D.J. Waldie, Matt Warshaw, Daniel Weintraub & Chryss Yost
Angel City Press pb [6/2004] for $10.88
In the Shadow of the Cypress novel by Thomas Steinbeck  "In The Shadow of The Cypress: A Novel" [2010] by Thomas Steinbeck
The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 uncovers ancient artifacts – a jade seal and a tablet with three different languages – buried at the base of a cypress tree, then the artifacts disappear. A century later, a scientist discovers that secret event and attempts to track down the historical facts, as well as the artifacts themselves.
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [4/2010] for $9.73
S&S/Gallery pb [4/2011] for $13.87
S&S/Gallery 9½x6 hardcover [4/2010] out of print/used

son John Steinbeck IV [1946–91]
John IV's entry at WikipediaNancy's official website

In Touch book by John Steinbeck IV  "In Touch" [1969] by John Steinbeck IV
The first half tells of John IV's service in the Army in VietNam and his later work there as a journalist - the My Lai scoop! - and the second half is about his ill-treatment upon returning to the States.
Dell mass pb [1970] out of print/used
Knopf 7¾x5½ hardcover [6/1969] out of print/used
photo of John Steinbeck IV & wife Nancy Steinbeck in 1979  "The Other Side of Eden: Life With John Steinbeck" [2001]
by John Steinbeck IV & Nancy Steinbeck, Foreword by Andrew Harvey

Started by John IV in 1990, expanded & finished by his wife Nancy Harper Steinbeck; mostly about the couple's turbulent relationship, with asides about Papa Steinbeck
Prometheus Books hardcover [2/2001] for $20.61

third wife Elaine Anderson Scott Steinbeck {Wallsten} [1914-2003]
married December 1950, widowed 1968

L i n k s
National Steinbeck Center [est. 1998]
John Steinbeck entry at Wikipedia
John Steinbeck's credits [since 1939] at Internet Movie Database
John Steinbeck's Broadway credits [1937-90]
Nobel Prize for Literature 1962
Portions of Nobel Acceptance Speech
listed #96 on Atlantic Monthly's "100 Most Influential Americans" (12/2006)
browse John Steinbeck books at Amazon
Steinbeck audio catalog at Amazon
the N.E.H. Steinbeck Centennial Celebration website is now shut down

Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University
which encompasses the Steinbeck Society and the Steinbeck Review
John Steinbeck Papers Archive at Stanford University

John Steinbeck Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

browse John Steinbeck Store {returns 180+ titles} at Amazon
Steinbeck audio catalog at Amazon

Weedpatch Camp, California
John Steinbeck's Pacific Grove [a self-guided driving tour]
City of Monterey, California official website
City of Salinas, California official website
The Steinbeck House [built 1897] in Salinas, CA

EdS's Steinbeck California Novels fansite
MJM's http://www.steinbeckquestions.com/
C-SPAN American Writers John Steinbeck page
John Steinbeck Timeline at Shmoop
article in the March 2002 Socialist Worker

National Steinbeck Festival - Onward [May 2014 = #34] in Salinas, California

here on the John Steinbeck [1902-68] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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Magic Lantern's "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940 Movie Page

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