Steinbeck's Reading: A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed

Steinbeck in Budapest, Hungary in 1963, autographing books at a book shop.

Dr. Robert DeMott's seminal work, Steinbeck's Reading: A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed, is available below as .PDFs, by permission of the author. This work has been a major resource for Steinbeck researchers and students since it was first published by Garland in 1984. Unfortunately, Steinbeck's Reading is no longer in print. In the interest of making this important work more available to the public, Dr. DeMott proposed to the Center that its web-site host the book in digital form.  The Center is honored to do so.

Each link below goes to a section of the book and will open in your browser as a searchable .PDF.  To expedite loading, these .PDFs are generally less than 15 pages long. Note that Dr. DeMott has written a New Preface.

Title Pages List: Abbott to Blake Explanatory Notes: Abbott to Freud
Contents List: Blake to Cooper Explanatory Notes: Fromm to Norris
Preface List: Coulton to Flanagan Explanatory Notes: Norris to Yeats
New Preface (2009) List: Flattely to Hughes Published Primary Sources
Acknowledgments List: Humboldt to London Other Primary and Secondary Sources
Introduction List: London to Newcomer Author Index
Abbreviations List: Newstead to Sandburg Title Index
Notes on Catalogue Usage List: Sandburg to Travels  
Illustrations List: Traven to Zinsser