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Error re: visit to USSR[edit]

2.3 para 5 - "In 1947, Steinbeck made the first of many[quantify] trips to the Soviet Union"

This is incorrect.

In 'A Russian Journal' Steinbeck states that he first visited Russia in 1936 [although it was actually in 1937 with his first wife, according to the notes in the recent Penguin edition of this book (I am sorry, I do not have my copy to hand to give a better reference)]. A memorandum in the first part of his FBI file, dated 30 June 1943, following an interview with Martin Ray, states: "Following the sale of one of Subject's [Steinbeck's] earlier books, Subject and his wife [Carol] made a trip to Europe, visiting Sweden and Russia." [pdf, p31, ]

The journey he made with Robert Capa in 1947 was therefore his second journey to the USSR.

For reference, the second part of Steinbeck's FBI file [pdf, ] includes an article [p47] from 'The Worker', dated October 29 1963, which states: "The author of 'Grapes of Wrath' is making his first visit to the USSR since the middle 1940's."

As far as I can see the FBI's files contain no other reference to his journeys to Russia/USSR (although portions of the files remain redacted, whilst others are illegible).

Merry Christmas,

Yrs etc.

Scrooge — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:39, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 11 January 2019[edit]

Please note comment regarding John Steinbeck's visits to the USSR in Talk, as 2.3 para 5 of this Wikipedia article is incorrect. (talk) 11:16, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

 Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. DannyS712 (talk) 14:14, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

Er, is not Steinbeck's own work, 'A Russian Journal', a reliable source? Public FBI records, which themselves quote publicly available journalistic records? Penguin's foreword to their 1999 edition of 'A Russian Journal', written by Prof. Susan Shillinglaw, Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:00, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Edit request, 6 Feb 2019[edit]

Please add "Steinbeck was inducted into the DeMolay International Hall of Fame in 1995"[1] per WP:CATV. 2600:8800:1880:90F:5604:A6FF:FE38:4B26 (talk) 04:35, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

 DoneJonesey95 (talk) 19:27, 6 February 2019 (UTC)


Semi-protected edit request on 12 February 2019[edit]

Change: * The Steinbeck Quarterly journal, a full-text searchable journal published from 1968–1993 by the John Steinbeck Society of America that focuses on Steinbeck criticism and scholarship

To: * The Steinbeck Quarterly journal, a full-text searchable journal published from 1968–1993 by the John Steinbeck Society of America that focuses on Steinbeck criticism and scholarship Amtownbsu (talk) 16:34, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

 Done Gulumeemee (talk) 04:31, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 July 2019[edit]

After the sentence, "He wrote Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Lifeboat (1944), and the film, A Medal for Benny (1945), with screenwriter Jack Wagner about paisanos from Tortilla Flat going to war." please add "Author Harry Sylvester was asked by Hitchcock to turn the script into a short story in 1943, which was published by Collier's in November of that year.[1]" Both Harry Sylvester and Collier's have linkable Wikipedia pages. HadleyOnFire (talk) 16:55, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

 Question: @HadleyOnFire: Can you explain why this information should be added to this article? WP:NOTEVERYTHING says that the article should be a summary of accepted knowledge regarding the subject, not a complete exposition of all possible details. Steinbeck wrote a movie, and someone else later came along and wrote a short story. Put information about the adaptation into the article about the film, mention it in the articles about the authors, but why here? ‑‑ElHef (Meep?) 17:18, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

Response: @ElHef: That's a fair point. The information belongs best on other pages. HadleyOnFire (talk) 01:19, 20 July 2019 (UTC)

  1. ^ Sylvester, Harry (November 3, 1943). "Lifeboat". Collier's: 16–17, 52–58.