Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Why Steinbeck went in cognito

[I]t has been my experience that when people have heard of you, favorably or not, they change; they become, through shyness or the other qualities that publicity inspires, something they are not under ordinary circumstances. This being so, my trip demanded that I leave my name and my identity at home.
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley in Search of America  (New York: Penguin Books, 1986), p. 6 (orig. published 1962)

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