|The Grapes of Wrath’s hard road to publication
||[Aug. 19th, 2019|12:51 pm]
Вроде бы непритязательная, но на самом деле очень поучительная для каждого литератора история: страсть и усидчивость, реальность и искусство, правда и вымысел, опыт и фантазия соединились в единственно верной, известной только господу богу пропорции.
В двух словах: Стейнбек написал «Гроздья гнева» за 100 дней и едва не довел себя до нервного срыва — однако
«it doesn’t tell the whole truth: Steinbeck backed up his burst of creativity with a period of careful and calmer editing»к тому же роман возник не на пустом месте
«Steinbeck had known about the sufferings of migrant workers for years. In 1936, he wrote a less famous novel called In Dubious Battle, inspired by the California agricultural strikes that had been going since 1933. His home town, Salinas, was also the site of a camp for workers in the nearby fields. In a case of life mirroring art, in September 1936 a pitched battle broke out there between the workers and, as Melvyn Bragg describes them, “the forces of agribusiness”. This event, in turn, helped Steinbeck win the commission to write a series of articles for the San Francisco News titled The Harvest Gypsies – and so took him still deeper into that world»и всё равно
«Soon after he finished writing, Steinbeck declared: “It isn’t the great book I had hoped it would be. It’s just a run-of-the-mill book.”»«Мораль»?
«A year later, it won the Pulitzer prize. Eighty years on, it’s sold more than 14m copies»