John Steinbeck

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Steinbeck Story Missing Since WWII to Be Published

Orson Welles read 'With Your Wings' on one of his wartime radio broadcasts

(Newser) - In July 1944, Orson Welles wrapped up one of his WWII radio broadcasts with a brief, emotional reading of one of the country's favorite authors, John Steinbeck. "With Your Wings" was an inspirational story about a black pilot that Steinbeck wrote for Welles' program, and it seemed to... More »

Rotting Boat To Become Luxury Literary Tourist Attraction

Owner set to move it to Salinas; captain's nephew opposes plan

(Newser) - For eight months, John Steinbeck's fishing boat has been moldering in Port Townsend, Washington. Now it's likely headed for a new home—but there's some controversy about where that will be, the New York Times reports. The Western Flyer, which Steinbeck chartered in 1940, set the stage... More »

Iconic Depression Setting Makes Do Amid Recession

Could things get as bad for Sallisaw, Okla., as they did in the 1930s?

(Newser) - Many have made the parallel between the current economic slump and the Great Depression. Interested in pursuing the connection, Rafael Alvarez visited Sallisaw, Okla., an icon of the troubled 1930s as the setting of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, he writes for the Christian Science Monitor. The downturn... More »

Steinbeck's Laugh Would Echo Down Wall Street

Grapes of Wrath author hated US affluence

(Newser) - John Steinbeck would relish our economic decline if he were alive today, writes Rachel Dry in the Washington Post. The author of the Great Depression classic Grapes of Wrath, which is regaining popularity these days, romanticized economic hardship and grieved over the affluence of post-WWII America. "He'd think that... More »

Actor Nearly Killed by Prop Gun

Unexpectedly loaded revolver shakes up Of Mice and Men rehearsal

(Newser) - A Florida theater company’s production of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men got a little too real Monday when a prop gun almost killed an actor in rehearsal, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. A revolver used in the play’s final scene—in which the character Lennie is shot—turned... More »

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