Steinbeck a life in letters john steinbeck elaine steinbeck robert wallsten on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers surely his most interesting plausibly his most memorable and arguably his best book the new york times book review for john steinbeck. John steinbeck was a compulsive writer in a letter to his editor and friend pat covici in 1960 he recorded his excitement about a planned trip by campervan around the united states steinbeck wrote i nearly always write just as i nearly always breathe the association of writing with life . John steinbeck spent his life writing letters he sent thousands of letters written mostly in pencil in his tiny handwriting steinbecks third wife elaine and his friend robert wallsten gathered up more than six hundred letters written over the course of forty plus years to create an autobiography of sorts a book which is as compelling as it is enlightening. Guide to the steinbeck a life in letters production materials 1975 special collections m0354 3 steinbeck john 1902 1968 american literature 20th century steinbeck elaine anderson editor wallsten robert editor corrected typescript box 1 folder 1 introductory pages and table of contents box 1 folder 2 preface and chapter 1. Opening with letters written during steinbecks early years in california and closing with a 1968 note written in sag herbor new york steinbeck a life in letters reveals the inner thoughts and rough character of this american author as nothing else has and as nothing else ever will
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