New York: The Viking Press, 1945. First edition. Second issue, with the bright canary yellow binding. Blue topstain. A Fine copy of the book in a Near Fine, unclipped dust jacket with the original $2.00 price. Some small chips to the head and crown of the spine, and minor wear at the base of the front flap. Original owner's signature to the front endpaper. In all, a very pleasing copy of this great Steinbeck classic.
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 #2679)