Journal of a Novel : The East of Eden Letters

Journal of a Novel : The East of Eden Letters

Book Title: Journal of a Novel : The East of Eden Letters

Author: John Steinbeck

Format: Paperback | 192 pages

Publication Date: 28 Mar 1991

ISBN-13: 9780140144185

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 workmanship, 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.