It was not a critical success. The book was published in Well past the midpoint of the book, he decries the external strain on the internal process: Was ever a book written under greater difficulty? Steinbeck captures this perfectly in an entry that applies just as well to any field of creative endeavor: In writing, habit seems to be a much stronger force than either willpower or inspiration.
He had two older sisters, Esther and Beth, who doted on him. The novel is an imaginative telling of a story which Steinbeck had heard in La Paz inas related in The Log From the Sea of Cortez, which he described in Chapter 11 as being "so much like a parable that it almost can't be".
Dana Gioia chair of the National Endowment for the Arts told an audience at the center, "This is really the best modern literary shrine in the country, and I've seen them all. In the street that Steinbeck described as "Cannery Row" in the novel, once named Ocean View Avenue, was renamed Cannery Row in honor of the novel.
And he constantly worried about his looks. Steinbeck traveled to Cuernavaca Mexico for the filming with Wagner who helped with the script; on this trip he would be inspired by the story of Emiliano Zapataand subsequently wrote a film script Viva Zapata!
He also has stated that his grandfather used to tell him wild stories that would keep him up thinking about for hours. This was the book that gave the young Steinbeck a literary compass that he would follow for the rest of his life.
Even as he nears completion of the novel — remember, one that would win a Pulitzer and earn Steinbeck the Nobel Prize — he still mistrusts its merit and his talent: This book has become a misery to me because of my inadequacy.
Interest and discounts, addition, subtraction he worked out on the abacus with his little restless sausage fingers, and his brown friendly eyes roved over the grocery and his teeth flashed at the customers.
Many of Steinbeck's works are required reading in American high schools.