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John Steinbeck, Select Bibliography and Price Guide

John Steinbeck, biographical notes, timeline, bibliography and price guide for USa first editions, UK first editions and special limited editions.

American, John Steinbeck (1902-1968), was a highly controversial and influential writer of the mid twentieth century, who was frequently loved by readers and derided by critics in equal measure. He became one of the most read writers of the period and his books were published in over forty-five languages.

He grew up in California's Salinas Valley, a rural area of affluent farm owners and poverty stricken agricultural labourers. His own early life was one of relative poverty. This backdrop to his childhood was to engrain in him an appreciation of the social injustices of the time, and to provide much of the inspiration behind his future writing.

John Steinbeck, Literary Achievements

  • 1929 Cup of Gold, his first book, was published but his life was still beset with poverty
  • 1935 Tortilla Flat was published and became Steinbeck's first commercial success
  • 1940 Considered his most influential book, and the result of two years research, the Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Literature
  • 1952 Steinbeck published East of Eden, a novel set in the region where he grew up, Salinas Valley
  • 1962 John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, his work being described by the awarding committee as "....realistic and imaginative writing, combining as it does sympathetic humour and keen social perception." The committee was however criticised for their choice
  • 1964 American President, Lyndon B. Johnson, a friend of Steinbeck's, bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Much of John Steinbeck's fictional writing was denigrated by literary critics and politicians. After Grapes of Wrath was published he was investigated by the F.B.I. for possible communist links, but no action was ever taken against him. Some of his books were however frequently banned, a trend which continued long after his death in 1968.

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John Steinbeck mainly wrote novels, novellas and non-fiction books. He also wrote a number of plays and essays including a series of seven essays published in the San Francisco News in October 1936 under the title "The Harvest of Gypsies".

What's it Worth? Bibliography & Price Guide for John Steinbeck First & Select Editions

Unless stated otherwise, prices are for first (USA and UK) and special editions in the stated formats, first printing, hardback books with dust jackets, both in very good condition. The American editions were always the first published.

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  • 1929 Cup of Gold, 1st USA edition published by Robert M. McBride, £15,000
    • 1937 Cup of Gold, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £2,500
  • 1932 The Pastures of Heaven, a collection of short stories, 1st USA edition published by Brewer, Warren & Putnam, £9,500
    • 1933 The Pastures of Heaven, 1st UK edition published by Philip Allan, £3,000
  • 1933 To A God Unknown, 1st USA edition published by Robert O. Ballou, £5,000
    • 1935 To A God Unknown, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £3,000
  • 1935 Tortilla Flat, illustrated by Ruth Gannett, 1st USA edition published by Covici-Friede, £5,000
    • 1935 Tortilla Flat, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £2,400
  • 1936 In Dubious Battle, 1st USA edition published by Covici-Friede, £1,900
    • 1936 In Dubious Battle, a limited edition with buckram binding and housed in a slipcase, limited to ninety-nine author signed copies and published in the USA by Covici-Friede, £4,000
    • 1936 In Dubious Battle, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £680
  • 1936 Nothing So Monstrous, limited edition of three hundred and seventy copies with marbled boards and a glassine dust jacket, 1st USA edition published by Pynson Printers, £1,000
  • 1936 Saint Katy the Virgin, a limited edition with cloth/board binding (published without a dust jacket), limited to one hundred and ninety-nine author signed copies and published in the USA by Covici-Friede, £1,750
  • 1937 Of Mice and Men, a play-novelette, 1st USA edition published by Covici-Friede, £2,800
    • 1937 Of Mice and Men, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £1,200
  • 1937 The Red Pony, four short stories, a limited edition with glassine dust jacket and housed in a slipcase, limited to six hundred and ninety-nine author signed copies and published in the USA by Covici-Friede, £3,500
    • 1945 The Red Pony, illustrated by Wesley Dennis, 1st USA mass market edition, published by Viking Press, £190
    • 1949 The Red Pony, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £100
  • 1938 The Long Valley, a book of short stories, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £1,200
    • 1939 The Long Valley, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £400
  • 1939 The Grapes of Wrath, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £5,000
    • 1939 The Grapes of Wrath, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £600
  • 1941 The Forgotten Village, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £230
  • 1942 The Moon is Down, a play-novelette, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £400
    • 1942 The Moon is Down, limited to seven hundred copies distributed to the book trade, bound in wrappers, special USA edition published by Viking Press, £1,000
    • 1942 The Moon is Down, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £90
  • 1942 Bombs Away, a non-fiction book, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £300
  • 1945 Cannery Row, first in a series of two books - the second being Sweet Thursday, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £800
    • 1945 Cannery Row, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £135
  • 1947 The Wayward Bus, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £185
    • 1947 The Wayward Bus, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £100
  • 1947 The Pearl, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £330
    • 1948 The Pearl, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £175
  • 1948 A Russian Journal, a non-fiction book, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £150
  • 1950 Burning Bright, a play-novelette, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £200
    • 1951 Burning Bright, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £60
  • 1951 Sea of Cortez, a non-fiction book written in conjunction with Ed Ricketts, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £450
  • 1951 The Log From the Sea of Cortez, a non-fiction book, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £350
  • 1952 East of Eden, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £850
    • 1952 East of Eden, a limited edition with glassine dust jacket and housed in a slipcase, limited to one thousand five hundred author signed copies and published in the USA by Viking Press, £2,500
    • 1952 East of Eden, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £200
  • 1954 Sweet Thursday, the second in a series of two books - the first being Cannery Row, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £200
    • 1954 Sweet Thursday, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £75
  • 1957 The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication, illustrated by William Pene du Bois, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £120
    • 1957 The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £40
  • 1958 Once There Was A War, a non-fiction book, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £180
  • 1961 The Winter of Our Discontent, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £170
    • 1961 The Winter of Our Discontent, a limited edition of five hundred copies signed by the author, bound in buckram with a dust jacket, published in the USA by Viking Press, £600
    • 1961 The Winter of Our Discontent, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £65
  • 1962 Travels With Charlie, a non-fiction book, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £250
    • 1962 Travels With Charlie, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £100
  • 1966 America and Americans, a non-fiction book, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £95
    • 1966 America and Americans, 1st UK edition published by Heinemann, £75
  • 1969 Journal of A Novel, a non-fiction book published posthumously, 1st USA edition published by Viking Press, £30
    • 1969 Journal of A Novel, Limited edition of 600 copies with slipcase, published in the USA by Viking Press, £140