Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (Paperback)

The East of Eden Letters

By John Steinbeck

Penguin Books, 9780140144185, 192pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 1990

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Description

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 "getting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game."

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 subjects--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.



Praise For Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters

"Full of insights and revelations involving the gladness and terror of writing." —Chicago Sun-Times



"A sort of Travels with Charley across a more personal country." —The Boston Globe

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