John Steinbeck: The Years of Greatness, 1936-1939

John Steinbeck: The Years of Greatness, 1936-1939

John Steinbeck: The Years of Greatness, 1936-1939

John Steinbeck: The Years of Greatness, 1936-1939

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"Derived from papers presented by the North American delegates at the Third International Steinbeck Congress held in May 1990 in Honolulu, Hawaii - under the cosponsorship of the Steinbeck Society of Japan and the International Steinbeck Society - these ten essays, arranged in two parts, seek to provide a clearer understanding of Steinbeck's critical years of greatness. Taken as a whole, these ten captivating, entertaining, readable, and rewarding essays, all by noted Steinbeck scholars, provide fresh perspectives and new information about Steinbeck's life and work during his most productive period." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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John Steinbeck: The Years of Greatness derives from the North American delegates' lectures and papers presented at the Third International Steinbeck Congress, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 27-30, 1991, under the sponsorship of the Steinbeck Society of Japan in collaboration with the International John Steinbeck Society. The meeting was a memorable occasion for attending Steinbeck scholars and enthusiasts. It was a chance, first of all, to enjoy the generosity and hospitality of President Yasuo Hashiguchi, Professors Kiyoshi Nakayama, Shigeharu Yano, Hisashi Egusa, and Takahiko Sugiyama, and the officers and volunteers of the Steinbeck Society of Japan, who went out of their way to make us feel welcome. It was an opportunity, as well, to confirm our faith in the value of collaboration, encouragement, and the mutual exchange of ideas through such international gatherings.

Because many members of the Steinbeck Society were unable to attend, I began compiling the North American papers in one volume in order to make them available to a larger audience. The resulting collection is a partial but logical sequel to John Steinbeck: East and West (Steinbeck Monograph Series . . .

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