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By John Steinbeck Thomas E. Barden | Comments: ( 964 ) | Date: ( Apr 09, 2020 )

Although his career continued for almost three decades after the 1939 publication of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck is still most closely associated with his Depression era works of social struggle But from Pearl Harbor on, he often wrote passionate accounts of America s wars based on his own firsthand experience Vietnam was no exception.Thomas E Barden s SteinbeckAlthough his career continued for almost three decades after the 1939 publication of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck is still most closely associated with his Depression era works of social struggle But from Pearl Harbor on, he often wrote passionate accounts of America s wars based on his own firsthand experience Vietnam was no exception.Thomas E Barden s Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty four year old Steinbeck toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to Newsday publisher Harry F Guggenheim s deceased wife His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career.Drawing on four primary source archives the Steinbeck collection at Princeton, the Papers of Harry F Guggenheim at the Library of Congress, the Pierpont Morgan Library s Steinbeck holdings, and the archives of Newsday Barden s collection brings together the last published writings of this American author of enduring national and international stature In addition to offering a definitive edition of these essays, Barden includes extensive notes as well as an introduction that provides background on the essays themselves, the military situation, the social context of the 1960s, and Steinbeck s personal and political attitudes at the time.

  • Title: Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War
  • Author: John Steinbeck Thomas E. Barden
  • ISBN: 9780813932576
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover

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John Steinbeck Thomas E. Barden

John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937 In all, he wrote twenty five books, including sixteen novels, six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer Most of his earlier work dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years An exception was his first novel Cup of Gold which concerns the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck s imagination as a child.In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found a authentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his life in California Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced first hand as a reporter Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression His later body of work reflected his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology One of his last published works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue of a road trip he took in 1960 to rediscover America He died in 1968 in New York of a heart attack and his ashes are interred in Salinas.Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath 1940 , Cannery Row 1945 , The Pearl 1947 , and East of Eden 1952 , went on to become Hollywood films, and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock s Lifeboat.

Comments Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War

  • Brian Willis

    The author who immortalized the Dust Bowl era lived long enough to document the Vietnam War, an unknown fact about Steinbeck. His energy was flagging (he had a couple of major health scares, most likely heart attacks) but he was still searching for the post-WWII role of America in the world. Concerned with the decline of morality and nobility in the world at large, he continued to search for it all over the continental United States and finally accepted an invitation to the Vietnam conflict at i [...]

  • Buck Ward

    A few years ago after reading Once There Was a War, I wrote in my review, "I've never read newspaper stories like these. If only our local newspaper would hire Pulitzer prize winning novelists as reporters." I didn't get that feeling from Steinbeck in Vietnam. It just didn't seem very 'Steinbeckian', though I thought it was interesting. I was surprised at Steinbeck's emphatic denigration of the antiwar movement. I think the whole thing might have been better if he had left the politics out of it [...]

  • David

    A grippingly personal compilation of Steinbeck's Vietnam war correspondence, "Steinbeck in Vietnam" is just as personably bookended by Thomas Barden's veteran prose. I hope these dispatches help those of my Iraq/Afghan generation of veterans, as much as Steinbeck's missals to Alicia connect with Barden's Vietnam generation. This is a good read across generations. My thanks to Thomas Barden for bringing these to light in a caring way.

  • Nancy Hartney

    Steinbeck must be commended for his efforts to report the VN war. He travelled to the country as a hawk, and by the time he left, a dove. He never seemed able to make the leap from his fictionalized "The Moon is Down" to the U.S. role in Viet Nam and the American soldier's occupation thereof.

  • Art

    still digesting.

  • PennsyLady (Bev)

    "e I feel half informed, I am going to South Vietnam to see with my own eyes and to hear with my own ears"from December 10,1966 New York essay.Between Dec 1966 and May 1967, Steinbeck wrote a second series of columns forNewsday, also called Letters To Alicia.Called such, they were a tribute to Alicia Patterson Guggenheim. (the recently deceased editor who had overseen itsrise to prominence.)Drawn from various archives, they are the political and personal essays of Steinbeck as war correspondent [...]

  • David Ward

    Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches From the War by Thomas E. Barden (University of Virginia Press 2012) (959.70433). Yes, it's that very Steinbeck, who was in his sixties in the 1960's and was somehow enticed to go to Vietnam as an observer/war correspondent with his wife in tow. I love Steinbeck's novels; I think that both The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are brilliant. However, I was not at all impressed by Steinbeck in Vietnam; something is simply "off" about this work. Perhaps his energ [...]

  • Tanya

    I got this from the library, and I think I'll have to purchase my own copy, as it works better as the kind of book to check in on intermittently rather than reading cover to cover. A little surprising, as expected (oddly enough), since Steinbeck often spoke in favor of the war despite his years of writing as a liberal hero. But the writing is absolutely perfect, allowing his slightly curmudgeonly notions to sneak into his traditional, gritty style. I laughed out loud quite a few times as he desc [...]

  • Jerome

    My rating of this book is somewhere between 3 & 4 stars.For a writer of "The grapes of wrath", which is so socialistic in nature and message, Steinbeck took a hard turn to the right and became a believer in the Vietnam war and the "might makes right" conservative view. Of course it should be taken into consideration that he was there in 1967 when the powers that be were touting success stories that did not exist except in reports. Perhaps if he had gone there after the Tet offensive he would [...]

  • K.H.

    Perhaps not for everyone - but perhaps it should be. Fans of the author will find much to like in this simply because it's Steinbeck being Steinbeck - sadly for the last time. Those interested in the Vietnam War will be treated with a unique perspective of both what it was like in its early stages by someone who was there and the politics surrounding it (well, Steinbeck's politics at the time anyways.)This an important book and Thomas E. Barden deserves a lot of thanks for putting it together an [...]

  • Mary

    I read the Steinbeck dispatches from WWII and loved them for the way they illuminated aspects of the war that I had never read about before, and was hoping for more of the same from this book. Unfortunately, Steinbeck's need to justify the war dominates these dispatches, and they lose the anecdotal, behind-the-scenes element that animated the WWII collection. I read this book hoping to learn more about the Vietnam War, and finished it knowing not much more than I did when I started.

  • Aaron VanAlstine

    Steinbeck was commissioned to write a series of dispatches from Vietnam for a newspaper (I forget which.) For the most part they are breezy observations from all around Vietnam and SE Asia. One surprise was the barely disguised contempt that Steinbeck held for the hippy war protestors whom he saw as lazy, spoiled, and ignorant from the safety of their draft-deferments. This was surprising coming from a so-called lefty and champion of the oppressed.

  • a.t.m.

    Wonderful book written by a legendary authorA must read for anyone that is a Steinbeck admirer. This book is filled with deep insight about a time when America was so divided by the Vietnam war. This wonderful author chose to be where the troops were stationed throughout Vietnam and see for himself what was going on. This experience changed him and the fact that his son was serving a tour of duty as a soldier, while he was there, adds to this remarkable book.

  • William Trently

    I was surprised Steinbeck was a friend and admirer of LBJ. The author of Cannery Row and The Grapes of Wrath supported this war because "the U.S. was defending a weak and oppressed people" and because "our actions, he hoped, would be the moral redemption of the nation" (he had felt a decline in America's moral values). The longer he stayed in Vietnam, the more he realized this war could not be won. The editor's chat with the colonel on the final page is a great ending to this book.

  • Falina

    I would never have read this except for the purpose of completeness, since I really have zero interest in American politics, especially of decades past. However, Steinbeck is as eloquent and thoughtful as always, and it was interesting to see how his dispatches evolve from near-propaganda to troubled doubt.

  • Raymond Rusinak

    Great read but then again Steinbeck is probably one of my favorite authors. Very interesting hearing quite a different point of view towards this most divisive conflict. Can be a bit repetitive but that is mostly due to the nature of the original publication in a daily newspaper. The geographic descriptions are nothing short of Steinbeckian.

  • Greg

    A book well worth reading, even while I disagreed with many of the author's positions and conclusions. It is a time slice from 1967 while hope of victory in Vietnam still seemed logical to supporters. And it is a slice recorded as only a talent like Steinbeck with full access to US controlled areas could do.

  • Nancy

    Absolutely fascinating.

  • Adam

    Interesting if you're a real fan of Steinbeck and his writing style. More of a personal take on the tours throughout Vietnam.

  • Marcia Chapman

    Interesting look at an important period in our history, keeping in mind all the authors biases. But reminds us of the whole story.

  • David JosephMikels

    Was an intriguing book. John lived an amazing life

  • Greg

    Worth reading. A valuable reference. Interesting piece of history. It was evidently a painful realization for Steinbeck to change his view from hawk to dove. More on this later.

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