John Steinbeck: The Wayward Bus (1504 words)


By 1947, the year John Steinbeck’s 10th novel, The Wayward Bus, was published, readers were anxiously anticipating the American author’s writings in light of his previous critical and commercial successes such as Tortilla Flat (1935), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the epic The Grapes of Wrath (1939). While writing The Wayward Bus, Steinbeck was confronting numerous personal and professional issues, including financial challenges, gastrointestinal illness, difficulties surrounding the filming in Mexico of his story The Pearl, an aborted plan to co-author a musical comedy, and, most importantly, his turbulent marriage to second wife Gwyn Conger, who was experiencing a difficult …

Citation: Donohue, Cecilia. "The Wayward Bus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2014 [, accessed 24 February 2021.]

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