420
420
Steinbeck, John
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 1,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
420
Steinbeck, John
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 1,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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Steinbeck, John
Typed letter signed, 1 page (11 x 8  1/2 in.; 279 x 216 mm), Los Gatos, Calif., n.d. (rubberstamped by recipient 25 May 1939), to Marshall A. Best, New York; horizontal and vertical folds.  Brown buckram folding-case, morocco gilt lettering-piece on spine.
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Catalogue Note

John Steinbeck on James Joyce.  Writing to Viking editor Marshall A. Best in 1939, the year both Finnegans Wake and The Grapes of Wrath were published, Steinbeck says, "I still don't understand Finnegans Wake but more than that I do not understand a man who would spend seventeen years writing it.  I am not terribly interested in the first but the second seems a little bit important to me."

In responce to Best's questions concerning the inscription in a copy of The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck writes, "Regardsing your questions concerning the inscription, Viva la huelga!  I do not remember ever having used it before.  The word huelga means originally a restlessness, an uprising.  It means now a strike, and in Mexico it means not only a strike but that permanent pressure of working people toward a better life, the revolución perpetuál."  With a carbon copy of Best's letter of 4 May 1939.

A fine letter written in an important year in Steinbeck's career and in the history of modern literature in English.

 

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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New York