John Steinbeck: Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters

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While John Steinbeck will always be best known for his works of fiction, which range from short stories to epic novels, a posthumously-published volume of prose related to the creation of one of his longer, most celebrated works provides valuable insight into the mind and creative process of this writer.

Journal of a Novel: The “East of Eden” Letters is comprised of the diary entries Steinbeck wrote to his literary editor, Pascal “Pat” Covici, from the commencement to the completion of East of Eden, Steinbeck’s classic retelling of the Genesis Cain and Abel story, set in the author’s native Salinas Valley, California during the late 19th through early 20th …

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Donohue, Cecilia. "Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2006
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