"John Steinbeck grew up in a fertile agricultural valley about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast—and both valley and coast would serve as setting for some of his best fiction."—From East of Eden, Steinbeck Centennial Edition
Steinbeck's California fiction, from the apprenticeship novel, To a God Unknown (1933), through his epic treatment of the Salinas Valley, East of Eden (1952)—written after his move to New York City—envisions the dreams and defeats of common people as shaped by the magnificent land they inhabit. Here are the locations of some of his California novels.
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 4, 2013