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Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage
  • Susan Shillinglaw, San Jose State University
Carol Henning Steinbeck was John's first wife and the woman who edited and inspired his best work. The dedication to The Grapes of Wrath reads, in part: "To Carol who willed this book," and in a very real sense she willed to life all of his fiction of the 1930s. Energetic, creative, spunky and intelligent, Carol devoted herself to her husband's writing. It's an oft-told tale, a woman hitching her star to a man's steady sense of purpose.
Publication Date
October 1, 2013
University of Nevada Press
Citation Information
Susan Shillinglaw. Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage. Reno, NV(2013)
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