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Quote from “East of Eden” page 215

“East of Eden” page 215

“The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a different facet of the same thing.”


John Steinbeck: History of the 1930’s Through His Stories

This video focuses on the time period shortly after East of Eden, and in similar settings of rural Northern California where most of his books take place.  This video is closely tied to the previous book we read, Mary Coin, and even includes the famous photograph “Migrant Mother”.

Quote from “East of Eden” page 4

“Once, fifty miles down the valley, my father bored a well.  The drill came up first with topsoil and then with gravel and then with white sea sand full of shells and even pieces of whalebone.  There were twenty feet of sand and then black earth again, and even a piece of redwood, that imperishable wood that does not rot.  Before the inland sea the valley must have been a forest.  And those things had happened right under our feet.  And it seemed to me sometimes at night that I could feel both the sea and the redwood forest before it.”