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    Robert Bennett The Wrath of Steinbeck Manuscripts and Letters Archive. This lot features several versions of the Wrath of Steinbeck manuscript, as well as several other items relating to that publication. First, there are three typed manuscripts of the book, two of which have pencil corrections on them. One of the three is signed by Robert Bennett himself on the title page. There are editing notes as well as content tweaking written all over these drafts. Next, we feature a handwritten manuscript of The Wrath of Steinbeck; this was no doubt one of the first times the idea was put down onto paper. It is full of corrections and notes as well. Also, included with these fascinating items is a reprint of the story that appeared in The Monthly Record in November of 1960, and a printed version of the short story not bound into a binding, or even cut from it's original full sheet. Also, we offer a set of photocopies and letters from several people concerning the work Bennett had written; these were written after Bennett's death and discuss the intent and legitimacy of his little short tale, also we feature the promotional bookmark which announced the publication and printing of The Wrath of Steinbeck in numbered and signed copies. We feature the #1 copy of this book in another lot in this sale. Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, we offer a typed letter from John Steinbeck to Robert Bennett discussing his views on life and thought. It contains some very prosaic and introspective thoughts. It provides a fascinating view into Steinbeck's early thoughts. It was written in 1921 well before any of his major publications. It reads in part, "When I found you Bob I discovered a treasure. I had grown so sick of the modern girl struck boy whose popularity is reckoned by his knowledge of spotted stories, that I had about given up hope of finding one who ideas were not gleaned from Jim Jam Jems. Don't think by that, that I am aiming a dart at iniquity because glass houses don't thrive where there are cobbles. It is a weak mind, however, which can be hog tied by a woman's leg. Do we live in an age of weak minds? Just now I am collecting rejection slips from various magazines. I suppose that is part of the trail which one who wishes to write, must travel. I am conceited enough to think that I can write, or will be able to some day and I'm going to stick to it." And luckily for us he did!

    This lot is all in good condition with all the paper materials being in good shape for display and preservation. It is a fascinating trip through the publication of an idea, which we rarely get to see as the average reader. Seeing the finished product is not always the entire story, and this lot allows us to view the ideas from start to finish. Also, the letter from Steinbeck himself is one that is sure to excite great interest among his fans!


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    February, 2006
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