New A & E Biography John Steinbeck An American Writer VHS color 90 minutes copyright 1998
A&E's Biography takes a close look at the life and career of the legendary American writer whose name evokes dust bowl-era images of Salinas, Monterey, and migrant farm workers. John Steinbeck's life story is revealed in personal photos and interviews with friends, family, and contemporaries, along with footage of the locations that inspired him. Also surveyed are the writer's foray into filmmaking and his Hollywood experiences. Discover why he was motivated to write about the land and the people who belonged to it. Learn of the trials and persecution he endured for his unwillingness to compromise the truth and the rocky personal life that accompanied his artistic struggles. A&E provides a truly comprehensive and sensitive depiction of this Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author. --Amy LevineFrom the Back Cover :
One of America's greatest writers, John Steinbeck paradoxically remains one of our country's least understood artists.
Now, discover the fascinating story of the literary giant who, when asked if he deserved the 1962 Nobel Prize for his work, politely replied "Frankly, no." Witness the extraordinary life work of this celebrated author, illustrated through excerpts from such masterpieces as The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden and Cannery Row. See how Steinbeck's concern for the underdog made him a hero with America's masses -- and a feared enemy of the Establishment. And get a deeply intimate glimpse of the man behind the books through conversations with Steinbeck's widow, son and close friends including playwrights Edward Albee and Terence McNally.
This deeply moving BIOGRAPHY reveals the tortured soul beneath the acclaimed American legend whose compassionate, visionary writing challenged the status quo and touched the soul of a nation.