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An Evening with “Carol and John Steinbeck”: an interactive presentation by author Susan Shillinglaw & guests
April 18, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Susan Shillinglaw has made a name for herself in the circle of those who know John Steinbeck as an author. Join us as she discusses her new book, Carol & John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage. Every once in a while “John Steinbeck” (portrayed by local wonderment Taelen Thomas) will appear and speak and Professor Shillinglaw will transform and become the spitting image of “Carol Steinbeck.” The two will perform memorable scenes of their life together as they live in 1930s Monterey County. Folk-singer Steven Mortensen will accompany this lively presentation with the timely songs of Woody Guthrie.
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About Carol & John Steinbeck:
Carol Henning Steinbeck, writer John Steinbeck’s first wife, was his creative anchor, the inspiration for his great work of the 1930s, culminating in “The Grapes of Wrath”. Upon Carol and John’s meeting at Lake Tahoe in 1928, their attachment was immediate, their personalities meshing in creative synergy. Carol was unconventional, artistic, and compelling. In the formative years of Steinbeck’s career, living in San Francisco, Pacific Grove, and Los Gatos, their modernist circle included Ed Ricketts, Joseph Campbell, and Lincoln Steffens. In many ways Carol’s story is all too familiar: a creative and intelligent woman subsumes her own life and work into those of her husband. Together, they brought forth one of the enduring novels of the twentieth century.
About On Reading The Grapes of Wrath:
In this compelling biography of a book, Susan Shillinglaw delves into John Steinbeck’s classic to explore the cultural, social, political, scientific, and creative impact of The Grapes of Wrath upon first publication, as well as its enduring legacy. First published in April 1939, Steinbeck’s National Book Award–winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. The story of their struggle remains eerily relevant in today’s America and stands as a portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, “in the souls of the people.”
Susan Shillinglaw, professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Jose State University, is President’s Scholar for 2012-2013. She directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies there from 1987 to 2005. Her published works include A Journey into Steinbeck’s California and introductions to The Portable Steinbeck and other Penguin Classic editions. She is currently scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas and lives in Pacific Grove, California.