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Unknown John Steinbeck Short Story Published

John Steinbeck is known for his great pieces of literature, like Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. But have any of you heard of his short story “With Your Wings”?

Didn’t think so.

According to Entertainment Weekly, you can now read the short story which was virtually unknown until now. The managing editor of The Strand magazine discovered the more than 70-year-old transcript of the story in the archives at the University of Texas at Austin. The Strand has since published the short story, which is about a black WWII pilot.

Apparently the story went under the radar because it had once been read on the radio by Orson Welles in July 1944, but was never published in a book or magazine. So it just became forgotten.

Now we all get to feast on a new, yet vintage, piece of literary history.

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John Steinbeck Overrated?

It’s always an odd feeling when you learn that one of the greatest authors of our time maybe wasn’t as great as we thought he was. That’s what happened with John Steinbeck recently.

According to the L.A. Times, the 1962 Nobel Prize winning author of novels like The Grapes of Wrath, basically won the prize by default. Once a person wins the Nobel Prize, the deliberations of the Swedish committee have to be locked up for 50 years in Stockholm. They were recently released, and revealed a lot more about the selection process than people expected — and not in a good way, for Steinbeck anyway. Hector Tobar explains.

Graves was rejected, Schueler reveals, because as an English-language poet he couldn’t match up to the great Ezra Pound — and Pound’s record of anti-Semitism and support of fascism would forever disqualify him from winning […] Danish novelist Karen Blixen was also a finalist, but she died a few months before the selection committee’s final meeting. Anouilh was likely passed up because a French poet had won the award in 1960 and because the committee was seriously considering Jean-Paul Sartre, who would win the award two years later.

In fact, the papers even say there wasn’t any “obvious candidate.” Ultimately the committee nominated him, determining that his most recent books included some of the greatness of his earlier works.

Ouch.

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