New York: The Viking Press, 1945. First edition. Second issue, in the bright canary yellow binding. A Fine copy in like dust jacket with only the slightest rubbing at the spine ends. Inscribed by the author on the front end-paper: "For Lulu Lanterman John Steinbeck." A book that is rarely found authentically signed or inscribed.
Steinbeck’s straightforward prose follows the trials and tribulations of the people living along Cannery Row, in Great Depression era Monterrey, 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 envelopes 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 Fine dust jacket. (Item #3306)