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  • Further Reading | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    2010 Fellows 2008 2009 Fellows 2007 2008 Fellows 2006 2007 Fellows 2005 2006 Fellows 2004 2005 Fellows 2003 2004 Fellows 2002 2003 Fellows 2001 2002 Fellows Journal Subscribe Steinbeck Review Calls For Papers Steinbeck Festival Past Events Resources Teaching Works Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech Why Read John Steinbeck SJSU Home The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Biography Further Reading Further Reading MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to Biography an error occurred while processing this directive an error occurred while processing this directive Steinbeck in 1948 reading back issues of Salinas Index Salinas Californian doing research for East of Eden For other bibliographical resources in the study of Steinbeck s life and works search the Secondary Bibliography Benson Jackson J Looking for Steinbeck s Ghost Norman U of Oklahoma P 1988 Rpt in Reno U of Nevada P 2002 The True Adventures of John Steinbeck Writer A Biography New York Viking 1984 Republished as John Steinbeck Writer New York Penguin 1990 DeMott Robert J John Steinbeck A Checklist of Books By and About Bradenton Florida Opuscula 1987 Ditsky John John Steinbeck Life Work and Criticism Fredericton Canada York Press 1985 French Warren John Steinbeck s Fiction Revisited New York Twayne Publishers 1994 John Steinbeck s Nonfiction Revisited New York Twayne Publishers 1996 Owens Louis John Steinbeck s Re Vision of America Athens University of Georgia Press 1985 Parini Jay John Steinbeck A Biography New York Henry Holt 1995 Simmonds Roy John Steinbeck The War Years 1939 1945 Lewisburg Bucknell University Press 1996 Steinbeck Elaine and Robert Wallsten Steinbeck A Life in Letters London Pan Books 1979 Timmerman John H The Dramatic Landscape of Steinbeck s Short Stories Norman University of Oklahoma Press 1990 Kiernan Thomas The Intricate Music A Biography of John Steinbeck Boston Litltle

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  • Chronology | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    April 20 marine expedition in the Gulf of California with Ricketts Spring receives the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath Summer documentary film about living conditions in rural Mexico The Forgotten Village Spring 1941 separated from Carol Fall moves to New York City with singer Gwyndolyn Conger 05 December Sea of Cortez written with Edward Ricketts published by Viking March 1942 sued for divorce by Carol 06 March novel The Moon Is Down published by Viking 08 April New York opening of the play The Moon Is Down May film of Tortilla Flat released 27 November Bombs Away published by Viking March 1943 film of The Moon Is Down released 29 March marries Gwyn Conger in New Orleans June October in Europe and North Africa as war correspondent for New York Herald Tribune Divorce from Carol final 02 August 1944 birth of first son Thom 02 January 1945 publication of novel Cannery Row by Viking 12 June 1946 birth of second son John IV February 1947 novel The Wayward Bus published by Viking August September tour of Russia with photographer Robert Capa for the New York Herald Tribune November novella The Pearl published by Viking April 1948 A Russian Journal an account of his 1947 tour of Russia published by Viking May Ed Ricketts killed in automobile accident August divorced by Gwyn December elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters October 1950 novella Burning Bright published by Viking 18 October New York City opening of the play Burning Bright 28 December marries third wife Elaine Anderson Scott September 1951 The Log from the Sea of Cortez the narrative part of the Sea of Cortez 1941 including an original essay About Ed Ricketts published by Viking March 1952 film Viva Zapata released screenplay published in Rome by Edizoni Filmcritica in 1953 first published in America edited by Robert Morsberger by Viking in 1975 September novel East of Eden published by Viking June 1954 novel Sweet Thursday published by Viking a sequel to Cannery Row March 1955 purchases a summer home in Sag Harbor Long Island New York 03 November New York City opening of Pipe Dream a Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein III musical based on Sweet Thursday April 1957 novel The Short Reign of Pippin IV published by Viking film of The Wayward Bus released September 1958 Once There Was a War a collection of his 1943 wartime dispatches published by Viking February October 1959 travels in England and Wales researching background for a modern English version of Malory s Morte Darthur 1485 September November 1960 tours United States with poodle Charley April 1961 twelfth novel The Winter of Our Discontent published by Viking July 1962 Travels with Charley the journal of his 1960 tour published by Viking 25 October Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature October December 1963 travels to Scandinavia Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union on United States Information Agency cultural tour with dramatist Edward Albee 14 September

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  • Homes and Locations | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    parents in 1900 and he was born in the bedroom to the left of the entrance way on 27 February 1902 John grew up here occupying an upstairs bedroom that overlooked Central Avenue After Steinbeck s parents passed away in the middle 1930s the house was sold to Mrs Marie Koenecke Klute The Klutes resided there until 1953 after which the home was unoccupied except for an occasional tenant In 1967 when Mrs Klute passed away the house was entrusted to the Hartnell College Newman Foundation as a center for the Newman Club Student members took on the task of renovating the house which was dedicated on 20 December 1969 The Newman Club used the house as a student residence and meeting hall In 1971 the club sold the house to the Valley Guild of Salinas a women s organization and the home was converted into a restaurant staffed by volunteers It serves lunches weekdays and Saturdays See www steinbeckhouse com for menus hours and further background information Steinbeck s House at Sunset a woodcut donated to the Center by Lee Richard Hayman Pacific Grove Cottage In 1903 John Ernest Steinbeck Sr built a small three room summer cottage painted reddish brown at 147 Eleventh Street in Pacific Grove California This house was used by the Steinbeck family as a summer vacation home Steinbeck lived in this cottage periodically from 1930 1936 with his first wife Carol as he struggled to become a successful writer He returned to the house to live at various times in the 1940s Greenwood Lane Home In May 1936 John and Carol Steinbeck purchased a 0 663 hectare plot of land in what was then Los Gatos California now Monte Sereno Carol designed a small 139 square meter home built in summer 1936 and the first home owned by Steinbeck To insure his privacy Steinbeck built an 250cm high grape stake fence around the property On the entrance gate he placed a carved wooden plaque Arroyo del Ajo Garlic Gulch While living in this house Steinbeck completed Of Mice and Men and wrote much of The Grapes of Wrath There he entertained guests such as Burgess Meredith and Charlie Chaplin Because other homes were being built close by to the Steinbecks they began to lose their privacy Consequently they moved again selling this house in September 1938 In December 1989 this house was added to the National Historic Registry Steinbeck had built the house for approximately 8 000 it sold in 2004 for 5 600 000 Biddle Ranch House The Steinbecks started looking at secluded real estate by mid summer of 1938 in the midst of Steinbeck s work on The Grapes of Wrath They settled on the Biddle ranch a 19 hectare spread in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Gatos California After selling their property on Greenwood Lane the Steinbecks moved into the existing old farmhouse while their new home was being built Construction of the home began early September 1938 and was

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  • Pigasus | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    2013 Fellows 2011 2012 Fellows 2010 2011 Fellows 2009 2010 Fellows 2008 2009 Fellows 2007 2008 Fellows 2006 2007 Fellows 2005 2006 Fellows 2004 2005 Fellows 2003 2004 Fellows 2002 2003 Fellows 2001 2002 Fellows Journal Subscribe Steinbeck Review Calls For Papers Steinbeck Festival Past Events Resources Teaching Works Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech Why Read John Steinbeck SJSU Home The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Biography Pigasus Pigasus MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to Biography an error occurred while processing this directive an error occurred while processing this directive Pigasus the flying pig was used by John Steinbeck throughout his life as a symbol of himself earthbound but aspiring Below is Elaine Steinbeck s explanation of the origins of Steinbeck s trademark symbol The Pigasus symbol came from my husband s fertile joyful and often wild imagination After his signature on letters or inside his books he would draw a fat little pig with wings and lettered his name Pigasus John would never have been so vain or presumptuous as to use the winged horse as his symbol the little pig said that man must try to attain the heavens even though his equipment be meager Man must aspire though he be earth bound At some point he began to write Pigasus in Greek letters and he added the motto Ad Astra Per Alia Porci to the stars on the wings of a pig Once in the 50s when we were living in Florence we became friends with a Florentine nobleman and his family Count Fossi was a delightful old gentleman a student of the Arts and his avocation was drawing He proposed to John that he should draw a proper Pigasus and he asked Should I draw it in the style of Michaelangelo

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  • Steinbeck's Prizes and Awards | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    Novel by a Californian for Tortilla Flat 1937 Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal for Best Novel by a Californian for In Dubious Battle 1938 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Of Mice and Men 1939 Member of National Institute of Arts and Letters American Booksellers Award 1940 Pulitzer Prize Fiction Award for The Grapes of Wrath 1946 King Haakon Liberty Cross Norway for The Moon Is Down 1948 Made a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech 1963 Honorary Consultant in American Literature to the Library of Congress 1964 United States Medal of Freedom Trustee of John F Kennedy Memorial Library Annual Paperback of the Year Award Press Medal of Freedom 1966 Member of the National Arts Council 1979 US Postal Service issues a John Steinbeck Commemorative Stamp 1984 American Arts Gold Medallion of Steinbeck issued by the US Mint Nearly thirty Academy Award nominations and four Academy Awards were given for adaptations of John Steinbeck stories Of Mice and Men 1939 was nominated for five Academy Awards Norbert Brodine for cinematography Aaron Copland for both original score and scoring Hal Roach for outstanding production and Hal Roach Sound Department Elmer A Raguse Sound Director for best sound recording The Grapes of Wrath 1940 was nominated for seven Academy Awards Henry Fonda for best actor Jane Darwell for best actress in a supporting role John Ford for director Robert E Simpson for film editing Twentieth Century Fox for outstanding production Twentieth Century Fox Studio Sound Department E H Hansen Sound Director for sound recording Nunnally Johnson for best screenplay adaptation Jane Darwell and John Ford received Oscars Tortilla Flat 1942 was nominated for one Academy Award Frank Morgan for best actor in a supporting role Lifeboat

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  • Steinbeck Country Tour | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    to play an important role in his work such as in Travels with Charley and America and Americans This map depicts major places mentioned by Steinbeck in his California fiction Below are brief descriptions of places located in Steinbeck Country Date of first publication follows work Big Sur Flight 1938 is set along the Big Sur coast below Monterey In the early 1920s Steinbeck worked for the first surveying crew in the Big Sur area before the U S Highway 1 was constructed Steinbeck s mother had also taught school in the Big Sur area before marrying his father Carmel Valley In Cannery Row 1945 Mack and the boys drove Lee Chong s old truck to the Carmel Valley on their famous frog hunting expedition The valley is now a residential and recreational area noted for its galleries and gift shops Corral de Tierra Steinbeck set his second book The Pastures of Heaven 1932 in this valley 25km 15 miles from Monterey This valley is also described in Steinbeck s short story The Murder 1934 Fremont s Peak The highest point in the Gabilan Mountains is Fremont s Peak 966m 3 169 feet elevation located 18km 11 miles southeast of San Juan Bautista It can be reached by a scenic winding road that provides an excellent view of the Salinas Valley Steinbeck described it in Travels with Charley 1962 and in East of Eden 1952 The Great Tide Pool The Great Tide Pool is an area on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula near the whistling buoy off Ocean View Boulevard Ed Ricketts frequently collected marine specimens here as mentioned in Cannery Row 1945 and The Log from the Sea of Cortez 1951 Hollister Hollister is located in San Benito County between San Jose and Salinas In 1874 John Adolph Steinbeck John Steinbeck s great grandfather arrived here and opened a flour mill Jolon Jolon is the primary setting for Steinbeck s early mythical novel To a God Unknown 1933 King City John Steinbeck had strong ties with King City In 1890 his father settled here met his wife Olive Hamilton and developed his skills in bookkeeping and in the flour mill business Steinbeck records the romance of his parents in Travels with Charley 1962 and other family history in East of Eden 1952 King City is also the setting for parts of Of Mice and Men 1937 and To a God Unknown 1933 Monte Sereno Los Gatos When Steinbeck was working on Of Mice and Men 1937 in the spring of 1936 he and his wife Carol built their first home 3km 1 9 miles west of Los Gatos Here he wrote The Grapes of Wrath 1939 Because the area became increasingly populated and noisy he complained of the noise in the journal he kept while writing The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck sold the house and built another on the old Biddle Ranch property some 11km 7 miles south of Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains Monterey In

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  • Donors | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    Heasley Cox is the founder and first Director of the Center Thomas Steinbeck Gail Steinbeck have donated items such as Steinbeck s portable typewriter and generously supported the pursuits of the Center from its earliest days Gwyn Conger Steinbeck gave the Center several unique priceless items such as Steinbeck s dining room chairs and a portrait of Steinbeck by Pepe Romero Elaine Anderson Steinbeck donated large tranches of letters and photographs in two separate lots as well as a 1946 portrait of Steinbeck by his friend Bo Beskow Hayman in his Steinbeck Room in 1998 Lee Richard Hayman gave his collection of Steinbeck books and memorabilia built up over forty years to the Center in 2004 Joan Baez gave a benefit concert for the Center when she received the In the Souls of the People Award in 2003 Sharon Brown Bacon loaned then donated memorabilia and items belonging to her step mother Carol Henning Brown Steinbeck s first wife This collection has given the Center the best collection of Henning materials in the world Glenn Elaine Graves Glenn Elaine son daughter of Steinbeck s good friend Glenn Graves donated their father s scrapbook which was replete with previously unknown photographs of Steinbeck as a young man as well as a rare 1919 copy of El Gabilan the Salinas High School yearbook the year that he and Steinbeck graduated Jackson Browne gave a benefit concert for the Center when he received the In the Souls of the People Award in 2002 Sean Penn did a benefit event for the Center when he received the In the Souls of the People Award in 2004 John Sayles gave his 1997 movie Men with Guns its Northern California premiere on 14 February 1998 when he received the In the Souls of the People Award Bruce Springsteen gave a benefit concert for the Center when he received the In the Souls of the People Award in 1996 James Levitt has given generously to support the activities of the Center for Steinbeck Studies over many years serving as a consultant and long time member of the Advisory Board Mr Levitt s support led to the development of the Teaching Steinbeck portion of the Center s Website Ted Cady Event Director for the Event Center on the SJSU campus which is part of the operations of the Student Union has been the instigator and mastermind behind most events sponsored by the Center including all those associated with the Steinbeck Award Cady s support and imagination have been indispensable to the development of the Center s resources especially in providing funds for its website Susan Shillinglaw Professor of English and American Literature at SJSU who directed the Center s activities for more than eighteen years Robert Harmon former archivist and bibliographer for the Center for Steinbeck Studies has contributed his expertise and time in an inexhaustible measure over many years Jeff Holmes Advisory Board Member and his company 3Marketeers have generously supported the development of the website and

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  • Center Hours and Info | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    com Hours Monday 11 00 AM 6 00 PM Tuesday 11 00 AM 6 00 PM Wednesday 11 00 AM 6 00 PM Thursday 11 00 AM 6 00 PM Friday 11 00 AM 5 00 PM Saturday 1 00 PM 5 00 PM Sunday Closed Founded in 1973 as the Steinbeck Research Center the Center is now the largest Steinbeck archive in the world In 1997 the Center was renamed the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies in honor of its founder a professor of English at San Jose State The Center is administered by the Director under the authority of the Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts with consultation with an Advisory Board User Guidelines The Center for Steinbeck Studies is a non circulating archive Many of the items are unique rare or hard to replace Materials may be used in our archive but no materials may be borrowed or removed from the Center Pencils not pens must be used in taking notes Readers must not write upon mark or otherwise mishandle materials Tracing is not allowed Readers are reminded that the right of access does not imply the right of publication It is the responsibility of the reader to obtain permission from the holders of any copyrights or literary rights inherent in this Collection before publishing any material including excerpts from the Collection Painting by Judith Deim This is the only known painting of Steinbeck at work here writing Sea of Cortez in 1941 Note how Steinbeck is holding his pencil an adaptation to the callouses he developed on his writing hand The Center houses over 40 000 items manuscripts original letters inscribed first editions secondary works film memorabilia films cassettes and over 1 400 photographs Significant manuscript collections have been donated to

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