London joined the Socialist Labor Party in April In the same year, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story about the twenty-year-old London's giving nightly speeches in Oakland's City Hall Park , an activity he was arrested for a year later. He ran unsuccessfully as the high-profile Socialist candidate for mayor of Oakland in receiving votes and improving to votes , toured the country lecturing on socialism in , and published two collections of essays about socialism: The War of the Classes and Revolution, and other Essays Stasz notes that "London regarded the Wobblies as a welcome addition to the Socialist cause, although he never joined them in going so far as to recommend sabotage.
In his late book The Cruise of the Snark , London writes about appeals to him for membership of the Snark's crew from office workers and other "toilers" who longed for escape from the cities, and of being cheated by workmen. In his Glen Ellen ranch years, London felt some ambivalence toward socialism and complained about the "inefficient Italian labourers" in his employ.
London was more bored by the class struggle than he cared to admit. London shared common concerns among European Americans in California about Asian immigration , described as " the yellow peril "; he used the latter term as the title of a essay. Presented as an historical essay set in the future, the story narrates events between and , in which China, with an ever-increasing population, is taking over and colonizing its neighbors with the intention of taking over the entire Earth. The western nations respond with biological warfare and bombard China with dozens of the most infectious diseases.
London's war correspondence from the Russo-Japanese War , as well as his unfinished novel Cherry , show he admired much about Japanese customs and capabilities. In "Koolau the Leper", London describes Koolau, who is a Hawaiian leper—and thus a very different sort of "superman" than Martin Eden—and who fights off an entire cavalry troop to elude capture, as "indomitable spiritually—a This character is based on Hawaiian leper Kaluaikoolau , who in revolted and resisted capture from forces of the Provisional Government of Hawaii in the Kalalau Valley.
An amateur boxer and avid boxing fan, London reported on the Johnson—Jeffries fight, in which the black boxer Jack Johnson vanquished Jim Jeffries , known as the "Great White Hope". In , London had reported on an earlier fight of Johnson's, contrasting the black boxer's coolness and intellectual style, with the apelike appearance and fighting style of his Canadian opponent, Tommy Burns ,. Because a white man wishes a white man to win, this should not prevent him from giving absolute credit to the best man, even when that best man was black.
All hail to Johnson. He was impregnable. Those who defend London against charges of racism cite the letter he wrote to the Japanese-American Commercial Weekly in In reply to yours of August 16, First of all, I should say by stopping the stupid newspaper from always fomenting race prejudice. This of course, being impossible, I would say, next, by educating the people of Japan so that they will be too intelligently tolerant to respond to any call to race prejudice. And, finally, by realizing, in industry and government, of socialism—which last word is merely a word that stands for the actual application of in the affairs of men of the theory of the Brotherhood of Man.
In the meantime the nations and races are only unruly boys who have not yet grown to the stature of men. So we must expect them to do unruly and boisterous things at times. And, just as boys grow up, so the races of mankind will grow up and laugh when they look back upon their childish quarrels. In , after the City of Whitehorse , Yukon , renamed a street in honor of London, protests over London's alleged racism forced the city to change the name of "Jack London Boulevard" [ failed verification ] back to "Two-mile Hill". Western writer and historian Dale L.
Walker writes: . London's true genius lay in the short form, 7, words and under, where the flood of images in his teeming brain and the innate power of his narrative gift were at once constrained and freed. His stories that run longer than the magic 7, generally—but certainly not always—could have benefited from self-editing. London's "strength of utterance" is at its height in his stories, and they are painstakingly well-constructed. Set in the harsh Klondike, it recounts the haphazard trek of a new arrival who has ignored an old-timer's warning about the risks of traveling alone.
Falling through the ice into a creek in seventy-five-below weather, the unnamed man is keenly aware that survival depends on his untested skills at quickly building a fire to dry his clothes and warm his extremities. After publishing a tame version of this story—with a sunny outcome—in The Youth's Companion in , London offered a second, more severe take on the man's predicament in The Century Magazine in Reading both provides an illustration of London's growth and maturation as a writer. As Labor observes: "To compare the two versions is itself an instructive lesson in what distinguished a great work of literary art from a good children's story.
Other stories from the Klondike period include: "All Gold Canyon", about a battle between a gold prospector and a claim jumper ; " The Law of Life ", about an aging American Indian man abandoned by his tribe and left to die; "Love of Life", about a trek by a prospector across the Canadian tundra; "To the Man on Trail," which tells the story of a prospector fleeing the Mounted Police in a sled race, and raises the question of the contrast between written law and morality; and "An Odyssey of the North," which raises questions of conditional morality, and paints a sympathetic portrait of a man of mixed White and Aleut ancestry.
London was a boxing fan and an avid amateur boxer. It contrasts the differing experiences of youth and age but also raises the social question of the treatment of aging workers. Several of London's stories would today be classified as science fiction. It tells of an island tribe held in thrall by an extraterrestrial object. Some nineteen original collections of short stories were published during London's brief life or shortly after his death. There have been several posthumous anthologies drawn from this pool of stories. Many of these stories were located in the Klondike and the Pacific.
Doctorow called it "a mordant parable The historian Dale L. Walker  commented:. Jack London was an uncomfortable novelist, that form too long for his natural impatience and the quickness of his mind. His novels, even the best of them, are hugely flawed. Some critics have said that his novels are episodic and resemble linked short stories. Dale L.
Walker writes:. The Star Rover , that magnificent experiment, is actually a series of short stories connected by a unifying device Smoke Bellew is a series of stories bound together in a novel-like form by their reappearing protagonist, Kit Bellew; and John Barleycorn Ambrose Bierce said of The Sea-Wolf that "the great thing—and it is among the greatest of things—is that tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen The Iron Heel meets the contemporary definition of soft science fiction.
The Star Rover is also science fiction. London's literary executor , Irving Shepard, quoted a Jack London Credo in an introduction to a collection of London stories:. I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. The biographer Stasz notes that the passage "has many marks of London's style" but the only line that could be safely attributed to London was the first. Hopkins, who visited the ranch just weeks before London's death. Stasz notes, "Even more so than today journalists' quotes were unreliable or even sheer inventions," and says no direct source in London's writings has been found.
However, at least one line, according to Stasz, is authentic, being referenced by London and written in his own hand in the autograph book of Australian suffragette Vida Goldstein :. I still subscribe to that sentiment. Sincerely yours, Jack London Jan. Furthermore, in his short story "By The Turtles of Tasman", a character, defending her ne'er-do-well grasshopperish father to her antlike uncle, says: " He has lived Have you lived merely to live?
Are you afraid to die? I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet. When you are dust, my father will be ashes. A short diatribe on "The Scab " is often quoted within the U.
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It opens:. After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.
When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and Angels weep in Heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out In and , a number of newspapers printed the first three sentences with varying terms used instead of "scab", such as "knocker",   "stool pigeon"  or "scandal monger". This passage as given above was the subject of a Supreme Court case, Letter Carriers v. Austin ,  in which Justice Thurgood Marshall referred to it as "a well-known piece of trade union literature, generally attributed to author Jack London".
A union newsletter had published a "list of scabs," which was granted to be factual and therefore not libelous, but then went on to quote the passage as the "definition of a scab". The case turned on the question of whether the "definition" was defamatory. The court ruled that "Jack London's Despite being frequently attributed to London, the passage does not appear at all in the extensive collection of his writings at Sonoma State University 's website.
However, in his book The War of the Classes he published a speech entitled "The Scab",  which gave a much more balanced view of the topic:. The laborer who gives more time or strength or skill for the same wage than another, or equal time or strength or skill for a less wage, is a scab. The generousness on his part is hurtful to his fellow-laborers, for it compels them to an equal generousness which is not to their liking, and which gives them less of food and shelter.
But a word may be said for the scab. Just as his act makes his rivals compulsorily generous, so do they, by fortune of birth and training, make compulsory his act of generousness. The ambition of every individual is quite the opposite, to give least for most; and, as a result, living in a tooth-and-nail society, battle royal is waged by the ambitious individuals. But in its most salient aspect, that of the struggle over the division of the joint product, it is no longer a battle between individuals, but between groups of individuals.
Capital and labor apply themselves to raw material, make something useful out of it, add to its value, and then proceed to quarrel over the division of the added value. Neither cares to give most for least. Each is intent on giving less than the other and on receiving more. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Jack London, see Jack London disambiguation. American author, journalist, and social activist. Elizabeth Maddern m. Charmian Kittredge m.
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Sonoma Index Tribune. Nor did I understand Spider's grinning side-remark to me: "Gee! There's nothin' slow about YOU. Evidently Jack believed the myth himself at times Mamie was aboard on a visit with her sister Tess and her chaperone, Miss Hadley. It hardly seems likely that someone who required a chaperone on Saturday would move aboard as mistress on Monday.
London August 1, Sonoma County, California: JackLondons. Archived from the original on October 6, Captain Alex MacLean. University of Washington Press. Archived from the original PDF on Oakland North. Archived from the original on June 12, Retrieved August 29, First published as "Diable — A Dog". The Cosmopolitan , v. Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War. The Scarecrow Press. You have helped me bury the Long Sickness and the White Logic. Stanford University Press. Jack London's Women. University of Massachusetts Press. Americans and the California Dream, Oxford University, He said, "Life's not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.
Jack London. The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, The Cruise of the Snark. Jan—Jun Dictionary of Canadian Biography. The Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved January 7, The Literary Digest. Walker; Jeanne Campbell Reesman No mentor but myself: Jack London on writing and writers. It charged me with identity of time and situation.
Certainly I plead guilty, and I am glad that the World was intelligent enough not to charge me with identity of language. Jack London Writes a Novel. When he was tramping, arrested and jailed for one month for vagrancy at about 19 years of age, he listed "atheist" as his religion on the necessary forms Kershaw, Walling dated November 30, Americans and the California Dream. Oxford University Press. Walker, The World of Jack London. Reserves they consider should be used not only to strengthen the line Verily, nothing short of a miracle can wreck a plan they have once started and put into execution.
Leitz, III, and I. Austin, U. A scandal monger is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a water-sogged brain and a combination backbone made of jelly and glue. Where other men have their hearts he carries a tumor of decayed principles.
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When the scandal monger comes down the street honest men turn their backs, the angels weep tears in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out. Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, , first edition, dust jacket. Photo-illustrated biography of this famed director by his grandson, includes discussion of John Steinbeck and the film version of his masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, which Ford directed, see pages , , and , also includes a double-spread photo portrait of the Joad family from his film version, not recorded by Morrow.
Filmguide to The Grapes of Wrath. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, , first edition. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, , first edition, wrappers. Light wear, else fine. John Steinbeck. NY, Twayne Publishers, , first edition, dust jacket. John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. NY, Penguin Books, , first edition, wrappers. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof, the script was adapted by Galati from Steinbeck's masterpiece novel, the play by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago won the Tony Award as best Broadway play, very few of these proofs were produced.
This first trade edition there was no trade hardcover is illustrated with photos from the Broadway play production by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago which won the Tony Award for the best Broadway play. John Steinbeck Personal and Bibliographical Notes. NY, Viking, , first edition, wrappers. Best Film Plays - NY, Crown, , first edition, dust jacket. Writers in Crisis. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, , first edition, first printing, dust jacket.
John Steinbeck, Moralist. Library stamp, soiling to rear cover, else very good. Rust editors. The Armchair Esquire. NY, Popular Library, , first edition thus, wrappers. Salinger, D. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H. Mencken, Saul Bellow, Thomas Wolfe, and others. Henry Fonda. NY, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, , first edition, wrappers. Fonda's photo is featured on the front cover, being a celebration of his life and work, filled with photos from his films, including that of Fonda in his role as Tom Joad in the film version of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
Goldstone Collection. Austin, University of Texas Press, , first edition, dust jacket. This is the Bible of Steinbeck bibliographies, it is a very scarce and collectible book in its own right, one of just 1, copies, frontispiece photo of Steinbeck, indispensible. Fine, especially scarce in this condition when both book and jacket are fine. John Steinbeck Bibliography. Austin, University of Texas, , first edition, dust jacket. One of 1, copies, a scarce and collectible book in its own right, this is the Bible of all Steinbeck bibliographies, long out of print, this copy Signed by John R.
Payne, with a color snapshot photo of Adrian Goldstone looking at a book, Morrow Slight tear to original clear plastic dust jacket, top and fore edges foxed, else fine, unread. One of 1, copies, a scarce and collectible book in its own right, this is the Bible of all Steinbeck bibliographies, long out of print, Morrow Fine copy in its original clear plastic dust jacket that, as usual, has some chips and tears.
Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, , first edition, wrappers. Issued without dust jacket, this is No. Fine, unread. Foster copy and later the Frank Gaughen copy. Salinas, Salinas Public Library, , first edition, wrappers. One of copies, the true first edition, precedes the hardcover edition, this is one of the great Steinbeck collections now well hidden at the National Steinbeck Center, Morrow , this was Dr.
Jacob J. Foster's copy Inscribed to him by Gross. This wrappered edition precedes the hardcover issue, it is one of copies, Morrow , although not called for, this copy has been Inscribed by Hayman. This miniature includes a color photo of Central Avenue John Steinbeck's boyhood home which serves as the frontispiece, one of copies, this is a Publisher Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Hanson. Foxing, else fine. Steinbeck Bibliographies: An Annotated Guide.
Metuchen, Scarecrow Press, , first edition. Issued without dust jacket, this is another bibliographic guide from one of the hardest working Steinbeck bibliographers in the world, annotates and evaluates a number of Steinbeck bibliographies, this copy Inscribed by the author. Jefferson, McFarland, , first edition. San Jose, Steinbeck Research Center, , first edition, wrappers.
An excellent and important bibliographic work, with photo illustrations. A New Steinbeck Bibliography: Issued without dust jacket, includes a flyer about the book laid in loosely, this copy Signed by Hayashi, also Inscribed by Dr. Robert DeMott who contributes the introduction.
The Outer Shores. Eureka, Mad River Press, , first edition, wrappers. James Dean A Short Life. Garden City, Doubleday, , first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Ink name, near fine in a very good plus jacket. Cary, NC , privately printed, , first edition. John Steinbeck On Stage and Screen. Cary, NC , privately printed, , first edition, wrappers. Kenneth H. Holmes, an excellent reference. John Steinbeck A Concise Biography. NJ, Kultur, n. This is a minute VHS color presentation, written, directed and produced by Hossick as part of The Famous Author series which provides film cassette biographies of a wide variety of both British and American authors.
As new, unplayed, in publisher's shrink-wrap. A hardcover issued without dust jacket, frontispiece photo of Steinbeck, Hughes provides "the first comprehensive study of Steinbeck's short fiction including every story he wrote -- published and unpublished" and establishes an up-to-date bibliography of these stories, this was the dean of Steinbeck scholars Tetsumaro Hayashi's copy, Signed and dated by him in the year of publication along with the price he paid, laid in loosely is a letter of provenance from the Midwest bookseller to whom Hayashi sold off some of his personal library.
Issued without dust jacket, includes studies of unpublished and uncollected pieces, with a Typed Letter Signed from the president of Scarecrow Press laid in loosely. A History of "The Grapes of Wrath". NY, Limited Editions Club, , first edition thus, wrappers. Grahame, Mr. Roosevelt, and I by A. NY, Limited Editions Club, , first edition, wrappers.
First issue, one of 12, copies, No. Roosevelt and I by A. Washington, D. Marlon Brando. NY, Pyramid Publications, , first edition, wrappers. Faces of Our Time. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, , first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Kenendy, Martin Luther King, W. America America. London, Collins, , first edition, dust jacket. Author's First Book, introduction by S.
Elia Kazan A Life. NY, Knopf, , first edition, wrappers. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof of his autobiography, includes material on author John Steinbeck, his friend, for whom he directed Viva Zapata! On Native Grounds. Garden City, Doubleday, , first edition thus, wrappers. NY, Dial Press, , first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Fine in a near fine jacket. Salinas, National Steinbeck Center, , first edition, wrappers. Issued in conjunction with a photographic exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center annual Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, the hometown of John Steinbeck who published his Bombs Away with John Swope photographs in , it documents how Steinbeck and Swopecame together to produce the book, includes several of Swope's photos, including several of Steinbeck, with a Typed Letter Signed from the NSC's archivist presenting the catalogue.
Ecstacy and Me. Very good minus. Steinbeck in German Translation. Carbondale, Southern Illinois University, , first edition, wrappers. A study of translational practices via the university's Department of Foreign Languages, No.
The Wide World of John Steinbeck. NY, Gordian Press, , first edition thus. Issued without dust jacket, this is a new edition with additional material, originally published in by Rutgers University Press. Text block edges foxed, else fine. America's Taste. NY, Simon and Schuster, , first edition, first printing, dust jacket. NY, Giant Cardinal, Aug. GC , a paperback original, this is Vol. A History of Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Santa Cruz, Western Tanager Press, , first edition, dust jacket. Photo-illustrated history of Cannery Row from its humble fishing village beginnings through Steinbeck's era up to its present renaissance, with several enclosures from the publishing house laid in loosely, this copy Inscribed by the author.
Teachers' Study Guide The Pearl. Logan, Perfection Form, , first edition, wrappers. Like Captured Fireflies". Georgetown, "Out West", Oct. Reading creases along spine, else fine. Steinbeck Country in Dubious Homage. Salinas, Mike Messner, , first edition, wrappers. An essay on John Steinbeck and agricultural politics, this copy Inscribed by the author with an Autographed Letter Signed from him laid in loosely, Morrow The Hayashi Steinbeck Bibliography Lanham, Scarecrow Press, , first edition. Issued without dust jacket, No. Jacob Foster's copy. NY, Argosy, February , first edition, wrappers.
NY , Argosy, February , first edition thus, wrappers. Water stained, else very good. Pasadena, Mitchell Books, , first edition, wrappers. Line drawing of Steinbeck wearing a sailor's cap on front cover, lists more than items by, about, and related to Steinbeck, with a postcard from Mitchell Books laid in loosely, this copy Inscribed by John Mitchell. A little scattered foxing, else fine. Mizener comments on whether John Steinbeck should have won the Noble Prize that had just been awarded, his answer, astonishingly enough, was a resounding, "No! Faint library stamp, else very good. John Steinbeck And His Novels.
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London, Heinemann, , first British edition, wrappers. Covers with some soiling and age-darkening, internally fine. Cover crease, else fine. Chicago, Normandie House, , first edition, dust jacket. Goober to the blank rear free endpaper, else fine in a near fine jacket. John Garfield. Part of an illustrated history of the movies series, it discusses John Steinbeck and the film version of his Tortilla Flat in which Garfield starred, pages 77, , plus two photos from the film, not recorded by Morrow.
Previous owner's sticker, else fine. Santa Barbara, Bradford Morrow Bookseller, , first edition, wrappers. Payne, one of 2, copies, this copy Inscribed by Morrow. The Sergeant. Murphy, the author's grandmother, directly below the printed dedication on the dedication page, the book is dedicated to his grandmother, Ms. Doolittle has also affixed a photo of Murphy himself to the flytitle, noting in her hand "Denny--Xmas ". A Key to American Literature. NY, Thomas Crowell, , first edition. John Steinbeck's Re-Vision of America.
Athens, University of Georgia Press, , first edition, dust jacket. This is an extremely important study by a once-promising young native American scholar who, sadly, took his own life a few years ago, but who left the world of Steinbeck scholarship this landmark study and a number of other books, with this book Owens "examines how Steinbeck used this would-be Eden California to explore the moral bankruptcy of American society, to explore the corruption that lay beneath the beckoning surface of the American dream," this is a very scarce book that seldom comes on the market.
Fine, with no fading along jacket spine as is so common with this book. Some fading along jacket spine as is so common with this book, else fine. Boston, Twayne Publishers, , first edition. Boston, Twayne Publishers, , first edition, wrappers. This is a student's companion to the John Steinbeck's masterpiece, issued as part of Twayne's Masterwork Studies series, this copy Inscribed by Owens, a Native American writer and rising star who, unfortunately, took his own life. John Steinbeck A Biography. London, Heinemann, , first edition, dust jacket.
Photo illustrated, a dubious biography that pales in comparison to its predecessor, Jackson Benson's The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer, published 10 years earlier. Zapata the Unconquerable. NY, Doubleday, Doran, , first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Frontispiece portrait of Emiliano Zapata, a "biography of a great leader in the Mexican revolution of ," this was undoubtedly a source book for John Steinbeck in his writing the screenplay for Viva Zapata!
Secaucus, Citadel Press, , first edition, dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with photos, includes text about and photos from the film version of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, pages , not recorded by Morrow. On Collecting John Steinbeck. Slightly age-mellowed, fine. To the Editor of the Crow's Nest. Aged toned, else fine. Toward A Bibliography of John Steinbeck. NY, Stein and Day, , first edition thus, dust jacket. An A-to-Z presentation of autograph samples, including literary figures such as Jack London, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and many others, as well as autograph samples from other well known figures in all fields, jacket is un-priced.
Fore edge foxed, else fine. Steinbeck at Stanford. An article about his days at Stanford University by the woman who catalogued Stanford's Steinbeck collection, illustrated with photos with some excerpts from his works, pages Very nearly fine. NY, Williamson Music, , first edition. Hollywood As Historian. Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, , first edition, wrappers. Illustrated, the film version of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is among the films discussed, Review Copy with review slip taped to shrink-wrapped front wrapper by the publisher.
Hyderabad, American Studies Centre, , first edition, wrappers. This copy issued in green wrappers, there was another issue in pink wrappers, includes an index and selected bibliography by this Indian Steinbeck scholar in addition to his lengthy essays, not recorded by Morrow. Although publications out of India tend to be cheaply produced and this is no exception , the book remains fine, scarce thus. This copy issued in pink wrappers, there was another issue in green wrappers, includes an index and selected bibliography by this Indian Steinbeck scholar in addition to his lengthy essays, not recorded by Morrow.
Previews of Entertainment. NY, Bantam Books, October , first edition, wrappers. Fine, scarce in this condition. Steinbeck: The Good Companion. Portola Valley, American Lives Endowment, , first edition. A cheap production, blip to clear plastic front cover, else fine. Campbell, CRS Publishing, , first edition, wrappers. A book of verses edited by Art Ring, "Dook" Sheffield was John Steinbeck's roommate at Stanford and a life-long friend, he is also author of one of the best books ever written about Steinbeck Steinbeck, The Good Companion , his importance cannot be over-stated in that one of Steinbeck's writing techniques was to write his story as if he were telling it only to one person, that one person was Carlton A.
Portola Valley, American Lives Endowment, , first edition, wrappers. Dook Sheffield" , at the time of this publication DeMott was becoming acting director of the Steinbeck Research Center at San Jose State, DeMott has been among the best of Steinbeck scholars for decades and is easily the most accessible writer who can explain and expound on Steinbeck in something other than English professor-speak, he helped launch "The Steinbeck Quarterly," a mostly scholarly publication dedicated to Steinbeck, he is also the author of a trilogy of books on Steinbeck beginning with his influential Steinbeck's Reading published in , followed by Working Days which follows Steinbeck's own journal kept while writing The Grapes of Wrath, that was followed by Steinbeck's Typewriter, he also wrote the introduction to his friend Jim Harrison's bibliography, taped to the inside rear cover is an envelope from Sheff to DeMott, inside is a snapshot photo of this bookseller and Sheff embracing taken by DeMott during his and this bookseller's visit to see Sheff in Those Who Died Young.
NY, Penguin, , first edition, wrappers. Profusely illustrated with photos, studies dead cult heroes of the 20th Century, including James Dean who is featured in the front cover illustration, text and photos, pages , Dean starred in the film version of John Steinbeck's East of Eden, not recorded by Morrow. Corner bump, else fine. East of Eden. NY, Knopf, , first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Author's third book, translated from the Yiddish by Maurice Samuel, I.
Boston, Bulletin of Bibliography, May-August , first edition, wrappers. Covelo , n. Yolla Bolly Press , n. A complete set of 11Xinch color lobby card posters for the original release of this classic story and classic film which was directed by the famed John Ford and which starred Henra Fonda as Tom Joad, Jane Darwell as Ma Joad, and John Carradine as Casy, the set also includes its original printed housing envelope which is probably even more scarce than the posters, the fragile housing envelope is plain brown and is printed with the film title, Steinbeck's name, Fonda's name, etc.
While there are pin holes in some corners from theatre mounting, as usual, these posters are uniformly clean, bright, and fine. My Life With John Steinbeck. United Kingdom , Lawson Publishing Ltd, , first edition, wrappers. Poignant front cover photo of Gwyn, c. This was a marriage which could not succeed despite her love for Steinbeck, the man and master storyteller," Jay Parini who wrote a lengthy biography of Steinbeck published in writes in his rear cover blurb about the book, "A genuinely important literary discovery that illuminates part of Steinbeck's life that has been in shadow for half a century," includes two prologues, one by Gwyn herself and another by Brown, Parini offers the preface, the book ends with a section of notes and sources, followed by dramatis personae, a bibliography, and a note from the publisher.
Fine, as new, unread. In Touch. A few check marks in margins not affecting text, else fine. London, Andre Deutsch, , first British edition, first printing, dust jacket. Foxing to text block eges, else fine. A Medal for Benny. Paramount, , first edition.
An original-release color film poster for the film that starred Dorothy Lamour, Arturo de Cordova, and J. Folded, as usual. Cannery Row.
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Carmel, Pacific Rim Galleries, , first edition, wrappers. One of 25 sets, it prints the first two paragraphs of Cannery Row along with a facsimile of Steinbeck's signature, laid into printed wrappers, also laid in loosely is a Signed artist's proof of Steinbeck by Jack Caughlin, Steinbeck and 11 others well-associated with the Monterey Peninsula area were subjects of a book entitled Impressions of Bohemia, a boxed folio, one of copies, that included 12 numbered portrait etchings signed by Coughlin with commentary by California historian Richard Dillon, other subjects included Edward Westin, Mary Austin, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ansel Adams, Robinson Jeffers, Sinclair Lewis, etc.
Covici Friede Books Fall NY, Covici Friede, , first edition, wrappers. A few extraneous pencil marks and some pencil notes, else nearly fine.
Covici Friede Books Summer Burbank, Warner Home Video, , first edition. NY, Caedmon, , first edition. Pleasantville, Reader's Digest, Spring , first edition, wrappers. Henry's Full House. This is a VHS video cassette of this experimental omnibus film that features five O. Henry stories directed by five different directors using five different screen writers, stars include Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, and others, John Steinbeck makes a rare on-screen appearance to introduce the film, his narration also couples the five segments.
Of Mice and Men. Guilford, Jeffrey Norton Publishers, , first edition. Issued as part of the publisher's Audio-Forum series, this is a minute cassette recording of the Theatre Guild's production of this play which originally aired May 8, and which starred Burgess Meredith.
As new, unplayed. Pipe Dream. NY, Shubert Theatre, Jan. Lengthy spine seam split, else very good. Records are fine, slipcase is near fine. Library of America, c. A poster, a huge black and white image of a very young, gangly-faced John Steinbeck from a photo of him by Sonja Noskowiak, issued by the Library of America in conjunction with its publication of John Steinbeck, Novels And Stories the first in a projected multi-volume edition of his writings , it measures c.
Rolled, never folded, as new. Stories for Tonight. NY, Avon, , first edition, wrappers. Fine, unread copy, especially scarce thus. The Chrysanthemums. This is a minute VHS production of John Steinbeck's short story, it is aimed primarily for the high school market, the same company also produced short films of two other Steinbeck short stories, The Raid and Molly Morgan.
As new. One of numbered copies of an original color lithographic reproduction of the front panel of the dust jacket art from Steinbeck's masterpiece, the original illustration was done by Elmer Hader, this reproduction was planned to be the first in a series of dust jacket art prints created by a Southern California bookseller until lawyers for the Steinbeck literary estate heard about it , the whole measures c. San Diego, Performing Arts, May , first edition, wrappers.
A cassette that features selections from Steinbeck's masterpiece as read by Henry Fonda, it was Fonda who portrayed Tom Joad in the film version of The Grapes of Wrath, he reads from Chapters 1, 3, 17, and As new, unplayed, in original shrink-wrap.
The Moon Is Down. The Pastures of Heaven. One 11Xinch color lobby card poster for this film adaptation of the Steinbeck novel, this is poster No. Larchmont, Media Basics, , first edition. This includes three cassette tapes and three filmstrips derived from the original film version of The Pearl , plus a study guide booklett, all packed within an imitation leather box with clasp, not recorded by Morrow.
New, unused. The Red Pony. Republic, , first edition. Folded, as usual, else bright, clean and colorful. Previously folded, as usual, edgewear, split entirely along spine seam, else very good. An original-release color film poster for the film that starred Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum, 27X41 inches, this was a Lewis Milestone film with the screenplay written by Steinbeck based on his own book, this item wasn't in the Adrian H.
Folded, as usual, else very good. The Snake and Johnny Bear.
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