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The Wayward Bus by  John STEINBECK - First Edition - 1947 - from Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA and Biblio.com

The Wayward Bus

by STEINBECK, John

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New York: The Viking Press, 1947. Hardcover. 8vo. Terra cotta cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 312pp. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with chip at tail of spine and old mends on jacket verso. Tight, clean, attractive first edition. Superb jacket front panel graphics. Ownership signature, dated March 1947, of John H. Mulliken Jr. (1922-2004), a Dartmouth graduate and WW2 tank commander with literary aspirations (a letter with writing advice from legendary editor Max Perkins to young G.I. Mulliken appears in "The Letters of Maxwell E. Perkins") who became a journalist for "Life" and "Time" magazines among others then Deputy Press Secretary for Vice President Nelson Rockefeller in the mid-1970s; above this his future wife Barbara Hanschen from whom he got the book signs and dates it February 1947, the month of its publication.

Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. Over the next year, his many works, beginning with the six shown here, will be published as black-spine Penguin Classics for the first time and will feature eye-catching, newly commissioned art.Of this initial group of six titles, The Wayward Bus is in a new edition. An imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California's back roads. This allegorical novel of pilgrimage includes a new introduction by Gary Scharnhorst.Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers—and to the many who revisit them again and again.




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