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.
Famed critic Edmund Wilson said “I believe that it is the one [Steinbeck book] I have most enjoyed reading." Steinbeck’s straightforward prose follow the trials and tribulations of the people living along Cannery Row, in Great Depression era Monterrey, California. 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. “Some critics have suggested the book was specifically an attempt to escape the harsh realism of the war and infuse some cheerfulness into his reading audience.” (Critical Companion to John Steinbeck) Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2626)