Benson, Jackson J.
Title Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost
Edition First Edition
Publisher Norman, OK, U.S.A. University of Oklahoma Press 1988
0-8061-2155-6 / 9780806121550
Seller ID 202-0259
Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket. Fully-bound in gray cloth. The spine is stamped in red. 231pp. There is a mild bump to the head of the spine, otherwise: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The text is immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has light touches of rubbing -- particularly along the spine. There is, also, a 3/8" closed tear at the top of the rear panel.
"...In 1968, Jackson J. Benson, then a naive young literature professor, set out to write a critical appraisal of John Steinbeck, a writer who Benson felt was greatly undervalued by the scholarly establishment. To Benson's amazement, he shortly found his project turning into an authorized biography. 'Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost' is Benson's engaging account of his experiences over the fifteen years he devoted to writing that biography. On one level, the book is a rich collection of anecdotes, character sketches, and memories of Steinbeck and the people with whom he shared his life -- wives and children, siblings, friends. On another level, 'Looking for Steinbeck's Ghost' is a fascinating account of the biographer's task, with all its triumphs large and small and its numerous pitfalls and frustrations. We follow Benson as he struggles to master the skills of the biographer to find out just who John Steinbeck was..."
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