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Thom Steinbeck

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...
Drawing by John Sherffius. In this historic 1950 recording from NBC Radio, John Steinbeck discusses his work with one of his biggest fans, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. What follows is a reaction by the author's son, writer Thom Steinbeck. [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/...