John Steinbeck

storied fishing boat
4:01 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Former Steinbeck Boat in Limbo in Dry Storage in Port Townsend

Anne Shaffer

The Port of Port Townsend is providing a temporary home to a piece of literary history. But the dry-docked sardine fishing boat once chartered by the writer John Steinbeck faces an uncertain fate.

The 76-foot boat's original name was the Western Flyer. In 1940, John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts (who later inspired the character "Doc" in Cannery Row) chartered the wood vessel for a cruise around Baja California. That resulted in a book still widely read, The Log From the Sea of Cortez.

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9:34 am
Sat April 21, 2012

'Steinbeck in Vietnam': A great writer's last reports

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 7:46 am

The last piece of published writing from one of America's greatest writers was a series of letters he sent back from the front lines of war at the age of 64.

John Steinbeck's reports shocked readers and family so much that they've never been reprinted — until now.

Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 for a life's work writing about those who had been roughed up by history — most notably his Depression-era novels, Of Mice And Men and The Grapes of Wrath. Four years later, Steinbeck left for Vietnam to cover the war firsthand.

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