Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost (Western Literature Series New edition)

Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost (Western Literature Series New edition)

By: Jackson J. Benson (author)Paperback

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In 1968, Jackson J. Benson, then a naive young literature professor, set out to write a critical appraisal of John Steinbeck. He found his project turning into an authorized biography: this is an account of his experiences over the 15 years he devoted to writing it. On one level it is a collection of anecdotes, character sketches and memories of Steinbeck. Benson interviewed scores of people who knew Steinbeck at various times in his life, and read thousands of primary sources. On another level it is an account of the biographers task, with allist triumphs and frustrations. We follow Benson as he struggles to master the skills of the biographer: locating sources of information; learning to conduct interviews - and assess their validity; and sifting through all the contradictions and prejudices.

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About Author

Jackson J. Benson is the author or editor of twelve books on modern American literature, among them The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer, which won the PEN-West USA Award for Nonfiction, and Down by the Lemonade Springs: Essays on Wallace Stegner, published by the University of Nevada Press (see page 17). Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost was first published in 1988.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/02/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780874174977
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780874174977
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 087417497X
  • edition: New edition

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