Journal of a Novel

Journal of a Novel

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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 qgetting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game.q 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 subjectsa€”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.If New York could stay this way no one would ever leave it. I guess I should ... And that is difficult and may have a number of failures as you very well know. However ... Why doesna#39;t Adam listen when Cathy says she will be going away? I dona#39;t know. ... I went to the dentist afterwards. Now I only need a cleaning. Waverly isanbsp;...

Title:Journal of a Novel
Author:John Steinbeck
Publisher:Penguin - 1990-12-01


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