Steinbeck was a shy man and, despite his ongoing moonlighting as a journalist himself, he didn't much care for the press. So it's nice to have this collection of interviews with the author combined into one volume, showing the progression of his career from when he was first deemed worthy of coverage to very near the end of his life. I didn't learn much of anything new, but it was good to read Steinbeck's own answers to questions I've seen biographers raise.
It's short, it's very easy to read, and it's John Steinbeck. Of course I recommend it. If you love Steinbeck, this is a lovely collection of some personal interactions with him. I liked seeing a younger Steinbeck than the one typically reflected in his later writings. Conversations With John Steinbeck Contains All The Public Interviews Steinbeck Gave During His Life His Life, It Seems In Retrospect, Can Be Seen In Three Phases: His Early Life In His Native State Of California; The War Years Of The S, And The Years Thereafter
In The Earliest Interviews In This Collection, His Is Seen Actually Hiding From Publicity, Living In And Near Monterey Bay, California, As He Struggled To Become Established As A Writer
Later, The Publication Of The Grapes Of' Wrath, In , Became Extremely Controversial; He Left The Country For A Time To Escape The Unceasing Demands Of' The Press And The Public The Grapes Of Wrath Is Now Generally Considered The Definitive Novel Of Depressionera America And Is Still Widely Read Interviews In This Collection Show Him Dealing With Two Failed Marriages Before A Successful Third Marriage; Moving From One Writing Project To Another, Dealing With Fame And Controversy And Traveling These Collected Interviews Offer A Unique Portrait Of A Major Twentiethcentury Novelist At Work And Throughout His Life John Steinbeck Won The Nobel Prize For Literature In