New York: The Viking Press, 1945. First edition. In the correct, first issue buff-colored cloth (second issue is canary yellow). A Fine copy of the book in a Near Fine dust jacket with one small chip near the base of the spine, otherwise in excellent condition.
Steinbeck’s straightforward prose follows the trials and tribulations of the people living along Cannery Row, in Great Depression era Monterey, California. The novel begins with a singular focus: a group of friends will throw a thank-you party for Doc, a marine biologist. But such a venture envelops the larger community, and through this larger scope Cannery Row explores friendship, community, nostalgia, and the profound social effects of the Great Depression. Indeed, the fame of the novel would help turn Cannery Row into a kind of tourist attraction. Steinbeck had just come home from being a war correspondent, and the experience – along with his failing marriage – scarred him considerably. He began this book as kind of an escape, both for him and his readers. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2626)