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    Five Pages of Steinbeck Manuscript from the Beginning of "About Ed Ricketts" for the Publication of The Log from the Sea of Cortez

    John Steinbeck. Autograph Manuscript for Part of The Log from the Sea of Cortez. [N.p., n.d., ca. 1950].

    Five pages of hand-written manuscript for the beginning of the "About Ed Ricketts" section, especially written for the re-issue of The Log of the Sea of Cortez (actually the narrative portion only of The Sea of Cortez, 1941). Written in pencil on five legal-sized sheets (12.5 x 8 inches), lined leaves, rectos only. Some toning, paper clip indentation in upper left corner. Still, fine. [together with:] The Log of the Sea of Cortez, first edition, 1951 (good condition in original cloth and dust jacket).

    From the manuscript: "Just about dusk in April, 1948, Ed Ricketts finished his work in the laboratory, covered his instruments and put his papers away for the day. He wanted steak for dinner and there was one place in New Monterey where he knew the meat would be well hung and tender. He went out into the street which is officially known as Ocean View Avenue but it is called Cannery Row and got into his old car. As usual the car was hard to start. He needed a new one but could not afford it. Ed tinkered away at the primer until he got the motor going limping by (limpingly)... The noisy car roared and the gears blotted out any other sound. The Del Monte ----express slipped around the warehouse and hit the old car. The cow catcher buckled in the side of the automobile and pushed and grounded 75 yards before the engineer could get the train stopped. Ed was conscious when they got him out of the car and laid him on the grass...Ed said to the doctor who leaned over him, 'How bad is it?' 'I don't know' the doctor said, 'How do you feel?' 'I don't feel much of anything', Ed said."


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