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Looking Back: John Steinbeck Paso Robles Guest 

Click here to see the full front page of the December 19, 1940 issue of the Paso Press.

Excerpt from the Paso Press, Thursday, December 19 1940

John Steinbeck, author, who won both fame and recrimination two years ago as author of ”Grapes of Wrath”, revealed plans while in Paso Robles this week, for a new play to be dedicated to the Mexican peoples. The play, as yet unnamed, will have its premiere in Mexico City, with an all-native cast. Characters will be portrayed in pantomime, the author said.

Steinbeck was a dinner guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hamilton Thursday evening. After a brief visit in Hollywood where he expects to obtain material ‘ for the play, Steinbeck will return to Mexico City for its completion. He has leased an estate there with its full complement of servants and retainers.

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This “Looking Back” view at Paso Robles history comes from one of the hundreds of local newspapers in the Paso Robles Area Historical Society collection. Several local newspapers, dating from the 1800s, have reported on local, national and world events, providing priceless historical views of our community that are not available from any other source. The Historical Society is seeking community support for the multi-phased Newspaper Preservation Project to help fund the transfer of these aged and fragile pages to microfilm and digital images. See the society website for more information about becoming a member or donating to any phase of this project.

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