Tuesday, May 11, 2010


If you've never picked up a Steinbeck novel, I thoroughly recommend it. Although at first I thought they were 'boys tales' I quickly changed my mind and became totally engrossed with the characters laid out upon the pages. Winner of a Pulitzer prize and a Nobel prize for literature Steinbeck is a heavy weight in the world of fiction. When asked whether he felt his Nobel he replied "Frankly, no." I have to disagree.

Steinbeck on writing:
"The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit—for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of emulation. I hold that a writer who does not believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature."

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