Pigasus (literature)

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For other uses, see Pigasus (disambiguation).

The Pigasus was used by John Steinbeck as a personal stamp with the Latin motto Ad astra per alas porci[1] (to the stars on the wings of a pig). The pigasus was supposed to symbolize Steinbeck as "earthbound but aspiring...not enough wingspread but plenty of intention."

Coincidentally, Pigasus was a character in the Oz books written by Ruth Plumly Thompson in the 1930s.[2] Her Pigasus was also a winged pig. As with Pegasus, his riders gained the gift of poesy, speaking in rhyme while on his back. The character first appeared in Pirates in Oz.

John Steinbeck occasionally drew this on books that he signed at book signings.

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  1. ^ "Pigasus". Steinbeck Center. 
  2. ^ Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 161.