Literature

HPF-xxxx R L Stevenson-Artists of another talent are renowned for their writing and their connection to Monterey and its surroundings. Their work has left a lasting legacy not only on the world’s library shelves but here where they lived.

John Steinbeck, perhaps the best known author of this area, a Noble laureate in 1962, and Pulitzer Prize winner 1939 for “Grapes of Wrath”, a novel that exposed the plight of migrant workers in his hometown of Salinas. The book outraged the landowners he criticized; his novel “Of Mice and Men” is often listed on the Ten Most Frequently Banned Books List. The National Steinbeck Center in Old Town Salinas is dedicated to Steinbeck and his works.

In Monterey Steinbeck’s most notable novels “Cannery Row” and “Sweet Thursday” highlight life on Cannery Row in Monterey and immortalize marine biologist Edward Flanders Ricketts, who is still recognized for his great work “Between Pacific Tides” written while he lived and worked at the Pacific Biological Lab on Cannery Row, now visitors can arrange for a tour of Doc’s Lab through the city of Monterey.

Robert Louis Stevenson stayed in Monterey for a few months while courting Fanny Osbourne, and recuperating from illness at the French Hotel (now called the Stevenson House). His stay in Monterey inspired two wonderful writings, “The old Pacific Capital” and “Treasure Island”.