Steinbeck, John. (1902-1968)

Original Drawing of a Seagull with Autograph Signature

An amusing original drawing of a seagull and autograph signature from the American author who was awarded the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes and whose many important works include The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. Penned on a torn portion of a pillow case for our consignor when she was a teenager in late 1960's in Sag Harbor, where her family was friendly with John and Elaine Steinbeck. Some discoloration from age, overall very good. 3.25 x 1.5 inches (8.5 x 4 cm).

John and Elaine first discovered Sag Harbor when they vacationed there in the summer of 1953, and in 1955 they bought a summer home there. The couple loved the ocean and Sag Harbor was nearly surrounded by water. They purchased a two-acre, pie-shaped wedge of land across from the water. In Sag Harbor, the author had finally found the home he had longed for: a place where he could be immersed in the sights and smells of the ocean, where he could live amongst the hard-working people he felt most comfortable around, and where people treated him as a neighbor, rather than a writer. He was paid the highest compliment by a shop owner in Sag Harbor who said, “He should have been born here and shouldn’t have been famous.” It was in Sag Harbor that Steinbeck wrote The Winter of Our Discontent, his only novel to be set in New England.  (17477)