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Susan Shillinglaw

It’s astonishing how many Big Read authors were former journalists. Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, Charles Portis, and John Steinbeck to name a few. Thom Steinbeck, John’s son, and scholar Susan Shillinglaw teach us where John got the idea for his gripping paean to the oppressed, The Grapes of...
September 16 , 2009 Washington, DC Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April 1936. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, from Library of Congress. Although the books in The Big Read library are now acknowledged classics, not all of them were published to literary...