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Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches From The War (Hardcover)

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Thomas E. Barden is Professor of English and Dean of the Honors College at the University of Toledo.

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 forthe 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 evenardent 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.

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ISBN 9780813932576
Genre LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters
Format Hardcover
Pages 190
Publisher Date 2012-03-22 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Virginia Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.12 lb
Language English
Subtitle Dispatches From The War
Audience General/trade
Authors Steinbeck, John
Country of Origin United States

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