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Stanford Report, February 23, 2000

John Steinbeck exhibition opens Feb. 27

A new exhibition, "John Steinbeck: From Salinas to Stockholm," will be on view in the Peterson Gallery of Green Library from Sunday, Feb. 27 (Steinbeck's birthday), through April 30.

The exhibition marks the gift to Stanford of the Wells Fargo Steinbeck Collection, which features private letters to family and friends by California's only Nobel laureate in literature, personally inscribed books and family photographs. Various artifacts also mark the writer's years in Hollywood, as a journalist in Russia, in Italy during World War II and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

The material also traces Steinbeck's life from his childhood in Salinas and his student days at Stanford through his apprentice years in New York to his decades of popular success that culminated with his winning of the Nobel Prize in 1962. SR