Susan Shillinglaw

Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. 

Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage

Carol Henning Steinbeck, writer John Steinbeck’s first wife, was his creative anchor, the inspiration for his great work of the 1930s, culminating in The Grapes of Wrath. Carol was unconventional, artistic, and compelling. In many ways Carol’s story is all too familiar: a creative and intelligent woman subsumes her own life and work into that of her husband. Together, they brought forth one of the enduring novels of the 20th century.

“A fascinating story that needs to be made known widely . . . Not just the story of Carol and her relationship to John, but a new and revealing look at Steinbeck himself. So much is new here, and the manuscript pushes so deep into the lives of the Steinbecks, that it might well become the primary biography of that period.” --Jackson Benson, author of John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography

Susan Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University, directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies there from 1987 to 2005. She is currently scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
94025-4349 Menlo Park
Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780874179309
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Nevada Press - October 20th, 2013

A Journey Into Steinbeck's California Cover Image
By Susan Shillinglaw, Nancy Burnett (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780984623914
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Roaring Forties Press - October 1st, 2011

America and Americans: And Selected Nonfiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142437414
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2003