Review: Conversations with John Steinbeck

Conversations with John Steinbeck
Conversations with John Steinbeck by Thomas Fensch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you want to know something about America’s greatest author but don’t the the time or attention span for a full-on biography, this is the book for you.

Steinbeck was a shy man and, despite his ongoing moonlighting as a journalist himself, he didn’t much care for the press. So it’s nice to have this collection of interviews with the author combined into one volume, showing the progression of his career from when he was first deemed worthy of coverage to very near the end of his life. I didn’t learn much of anything new, but it was good to read Steinbeck’s own answers to questions I’ve seen biographers raise.

It’s short, it’s very easy to read, and it’s John Steinbeck. Of course I recommend it.

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