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Stanford Buys Steinbeck Stories

August 5, 1999

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Stanford University has bought an array of papers by the late author John Steinbeck, including previously unknown short stories and poems from his teens and twenties.

The university bought the collection from his sister, Esther Steinbeck Rodgers.

``It is especially revealing of both Steinbeck’s apprentice years, before his first novel in 1929, and of his life in the 1950s and 1960s, when literary success had made him a major public figure,″ said William McPheron, the university’s curator for British and American literature.

The collection includes a draft of Steinbeck’s speech accepting the 1962 Nobel prize in literature. Also included are hundreds of family photos and nearly 400 of Steinbeck’s letters to his parents, sisters and other relatives.

Steinbeck was born in Salinas in 1902 and graduated from high school there. He studied English at Stanford but dropped out, working as a sales clerk, farm laborer, ranch hand and factory worker.

He novels include ``Of Mice and Men,″ ``Grapes of Wrath,″ ``The Red Pony,″ and ``East of Eden.″

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