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By John Steinbeck,Thomas E. Barden

ISBN-10: 0813932572

ISBN-13: 9780813932576

ISBN-10: 0813934036

ISBN-13: 9780813934037

Although his occupation persisted for nearly 3 many years after the 1939
ebook of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck continues to be so much heavily linked to his
Depression-era works of social fight. yet from Pearl Harbor on, he frequently wrote passionate
bills of America’s wars in response to his personal firsthand adventure. Vietnam was once no
exception.

Thomas E. Barden’s Steinbeck in Vietnam
deals for the 1st time an entire selection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war
correspondent for Newsday. Rejected via the army due to his reputation
as a subversive, and reticent to record the warfare formally for the Johnson administration,
Steinbeck observed in Newsday a special chance to place his abilities to use.
among December 1966 and should 1967, the sixty-four-year-old Steinbeck toured the key combat
parts of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his
studies in a sequence of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to
Newsday writer Harry F. Guggenheim’s deceased spouse. His columns were
arguable, coming at a time whilst competition to the clash was once turning out to be or even ardent
supporters have been starting to query its direction. As he dared to enter the sphere, rode in
helicopter gunships, or even fired artillery items, many detractors referred to as him a warmonger and
worse. Readers this day should be shocked that the prestigious writer might probability his literary
acceptance to record any such divisive struggle, fairly on the finish of his
career.

Drawing on 4 primary-source archives—the Steinbeck assortment at
Princeton, the Papers of Harry F. Guggenheim on the Library of Congress, the Pierpont Morgan
Library’s Steinbeck holdings, and the files of
Newsday—Barden’s assortment brings jointly the final released writings
of this American writer of putting up with nationwide and foreign stature. as well as offering
a definitive version of those essays, Barden contains wide notes in addition to an introduction
that gives historical past at the essays themselves, the army scenario, the social context of
the Nineteen Sixties, and Steinbeck’s own and political attitudes at the
time.

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