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Author Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Uniform Title Works. Selections. 2012
Title Steinbeck in Vietnam : dispatches from the war / [John Steinbeck] ; edited by Thomas E. Barden.
Published Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
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 Floor4  PS3537.T3234 A6 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xxiii, 190 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday. Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to Newsday publisher Harry F. Guggenheim's deceased wife. His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course. As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse. Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career. -- Jacket.
Subject Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968 -- Political and social views.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Literature and the war.
Related Names Barden, Thomas E.
ISBN 0813932572
OCLC number 739913957