Browse Exhibits (6 total)

East of Eden


By exploring key themes and characters, this section provides a comprehensive analysis of John Steinbecks's 1952 novel East of Eden.

Steinbeck and Oklahoma


Oklahomans reacted strongly to Steinbeck’s depiction of their state in The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck and War


This section explores Steinbeck's time as a war correspondent and the CIA's investigation of him during the Cold War.

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Steinbeck on Stage and Screen


A remarkable number of Steinbeck's works were adapted for stage and screen over the course of more than seventy-five years.


Steinbeck Resources and Research


This exhibit serves as a directory for external Steinbeck-related academic resources.

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Steinbeck's Travels

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This section explores the friendships, cultures, landscapes, and experiences that shaped Steinbeck's extensive body of domestic and international travel literature. Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962) is Steinbeck’s most popular piece of travel writing, but the author also collaborated with his close friend Ed Ricketts on Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research (1941, later republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez, 1951), and with photographer Robert Capa on A Russian Journal (1948). Although best known as a Californian writer, and secondarily as an American writer, Steinbeck’s extensive international travel—including trips to Mexico, Scandinavia, and Vietnam—provided a set of comparative frameworks that informed his understanding of nation and region a home and abroad.

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