Steinbeck’s first novel, Cup of Gold, grew out of short story entitled “A Lady in Infra-Red”, that he wrote while still a student at Stanford. After undergoing a lengthy revision and expansion during 1924 to 1928, the novel was accepted for publication by Robert M. McBride & Company of New York in September 1929. Its full title was Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History, and Steinbeck’s old Stanford classmate Amasa “Ted” Miller was instrumental in finalizing the arrangements with the publisher.
Even though Steinbeck’s letters of 1928 and 1929 make it clear that he was dissatisfied with almost every aspect of the published book, he was …
Meyer, Michael J.. "Cup of Gold". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2007
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