"A Russian Journal”, Endre Ernő Friedmann, John Ernst Steinbeck, Junior, John Steinbeck

The National John Steinbeck Center

The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California is the largest musuem on the life and works of John Ernst Steinbeck, Junior, within the United States.

John Steinbeck wrote several of his novels based of the many peoples in the towns he traveled to in California.

During World War II, John Steinbeck traveled overseas with American soldiers. At one point, during his trip, he was under fire from the axis powers.

Joseph Stalin invited Steinbeck to the Soviet Union after contriving the belief that the novel “Grapes of Wrath” was anti-capitalist in nature.

John Steinbeck with photographer Robert Copa.

Steinbeck returned to Russia, with Hungarian born photographer Robert Copa, also known as Endre Ernő Friedmann, in 1947 and wrote “A Russian Journal” which detailed the life of the peoples he met there.

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., John Steinbeck, The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

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.

Steinbeck Country

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.

John Steinbeck's Typewriter

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.

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