He also discovers that Montana is his favorite state except that it has no seacoast.
The development of Seattle gives the author a feeling that the nature of building up a place seems like destruction too.
At the Maple River in North Dakota, the author meets an interesting traveling Shakespearean performer.
Steinbeck spends a night in the Bad Lands of South Dakota, where he discovers that the area is much more friendly and beautiful at night than in the daytime.
Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction.
In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree.Charley is a lovable mutt and the good ol' US of A is a lovable place.John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast.The Canadians warn him about the US requirement for a certificate that Charley has had his rabies vaccination, so Steinbeck turns back only to be detained by the US Customs officer.The officer finally lets the author back into the US even though Steinbeck had never actually crossed over into Canada.Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Robert De Mott, editor, is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University and author of Steinbeck's Typewriter, an award-winning book of critical essays. 27, 1902 - December 20, 1968) embarks on a journey to discover America in the fall of 1960.He visits the giant sequoia trees along the coast, sensing that they have a kind of consciousness and communication that humans cannot understand and therefore fear.In California where Steinbeck had grown up, he learns that a person cannot go home.His route takes him through Vermont, where he discusses politics with a farmer, and up to the northernmost part of Maine.There he meets a clan of Canadian migrant workers who help with the potato harvest.