By Susan Shillinglaw
This half paintings booklet, half biography, and half commute advisor deals perception into how landscapes and townscapes inspired John Steinbeck's artistic method and the way, in flip, his legacy has stimulated glossy California. a variety of sorts of readers will have fun with the data during this guide—literary pilgrims will research extra concerning the nation featured so prominently in Steinbeck's paintings, travelers can stopover at an identical structures that he lived in and wrote approximately, and historians will enjoy the engrossing point of view on everyday life in early 20th-century California. supplying a completely new viewpoint on Steinbeck and the folk and locations that he dropped at lifestyles in his writing, readers will locate savor this depiction of the symbiotic courting among an writer and his favourite locations.
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In fields and orchards, mustard roots helped break up the soil. By the 1870s, up to 400,000 pounds of mustard seed was harvested by Chinese workers each fall. Mr. Steinbeck brought mustard seed when he visited John at Tahoe in 1927, and the two made mustard in John’s tiny cabin. For early travelers, the Salinas Valley could be forbidding, a place of sloughs, cut through by an often-dry riverbed, whipped by wind. In 1872, one traveler, Stephen Powers, found it an execrable place at best. Everyday for seven months there rises, about ten o’clock, a wind which blows at a furious rate till nearly midnight.
Although Mr. ” The railway station for the first Granger railroad, a narrow gauge built with private funds, was one block east of Salinas High School on 21 Willow and Pajaro streets. To save on the steep shipping costs of grain charged by the “octopus,” the Southern Pacific Railroad, the community built the 30 line, which ended at a wharf in Monterey. Built using Chinese labor, the little railroad operated from 1874 to 1879 before being bought out by the powerful Southern Pacific Railroad. It is from this station that a little girl takes a “free train” to Monterey in “How Edith McGillicuddy Met RLS,” a true tale about Max Wagner’s mother’s meeting with Robert Louis Stevenson that was published in Harper’s Magazine in August 1941.
Poco Spanish of my youth. There were Jolón Indians I remembered as shirttail chamacos. The years rolled away. We danced formally, hands locked behind us. And we sang the southern country anthem, “There wass a jung guy from Jolón—got seek from leeving halone. He wan to Cut by streams and protected by the high coastal range, the San Antonio Valley looks much as it did when early European explorers camped near the Nacimiento and San Antonio rivers. The 1769 Spanish expedition led by Portolá was the first—traveling by land from San Diego in an attempt to find legendary Monterey Bay.