The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies is an extension of the museum dedicated to John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. in his hometown of Salinas. The center focuses on Steinbeck’s past life while recognizing virtues people currently have from the author in present day, thus distinguishing itself from the Salinas museum that only focuses on the past.
The John Steinbeck Center has a map where all of Steinbeck’s book’s take place, within the Salinas Valley, in a sketch called “Steinbeck Country”. All of the authors novels took place within the counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Louis Obispo.
The center also has all of the books Steinbeck has written on a shelf in chronological order. Each of the books are the original published version.
One of the staff members pointed out an original typewriter Steinbeck had used with the engraving “The Beast Within” on the backside of the machine. The book, “Steinbeck’s Typewriter: Essays on his Art” goes deeper into the ethos of the author and the stories he formulated with his typewriter.