An intimate journey across and looking for America, as told by one of its most precious writers, in a deluxe centennial edition
In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he may have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the odor of its yard and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its individuals. To assure himself, he set out on a trip of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck called Rocinante.
His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by method of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a stunning drama of desegregation; lastly, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New york city.
Journeys with Charley trying to find America is an intimate take a look at one of America's many beloved writers in the later years of his life– a self-portrait of a man who never composed an explicit autobiography. Composed during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South– which Steinbeck experienced firsthand– Journeys with Charley is a sensational evocation of America on the eve of a turbulent decade. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also showcases French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
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