Steinbeck's Travels

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.