[Marxism] John Steinbeck: "I don't like communists either"
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 18 08:42:07 MST 2017
(HT to Andrew Stewart)
From the collected letters of Steinbeck...
[Pacific Grove] (February 1936)
Dear Louis Paul:
I don't like communists either, I mean I dislike them as people. I
rather imagine the apostles had the same waspish qualities and the New
Testament is proof that they had equally bad manners. But this dislike
is personal. I never knew D. H. Lawrence either. The whole idea of the
man turns my stomach. But he was a good writer, and some of these
communist field workers are strong, pure, inhumanly virtuous men. Maybe
that's another reason I personally dislike them and that does not
redound to my credit. However, that's not important.
I haven't an idea what the press will do, nor do I much care. I have
enough money now to live and write for three years if we are careful and
I can get a hell of a lot of words down in three years.
You ask why you never see my stuff in Esquire. I guess they were never
interested. I have a good many stories in New York but no one wants
them. 1 wrote g short stories at one sitting recently. I thought some of
them were pretty good, too, but that's as far as it got. The North
American Review used to print some at 30 dollars a crack.
I have to start [writing] and am scared to death as usual—miserable sick
feeling of inadequacy. I'll love it once I get down to work. Hope you'll
be out before too long.
Sincerely, John Steinbeck
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