In TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY, Steinbeck is SO Discursive!

Travels with Charley, p. 31:

Very early I conceived a love for Joseph Addison which I have never lost . . .  I remember so well loving Addison’s use of capital letters for nouns.

An example of Addison’s writing:

I have observed that a Reader seldom peruses a Book with Pleasure ’till he knows whether the Writer of it be a black or fair man, of a mild or cholerick Disposition, Married or a Bachelor, with other Particulars of the like Nature, that conduce very much to the right Understanding of an Author.

Self confesses that she never heard of Joseph Addison before. Who knew that Steinbeck would admire Addison for stylistic Flourishes like the Use of Capital Letters for Nouns (Do you see what Self did just there, Dear Blog Reader? Lol)? She’d like to try that device (using capital letters for nouns) in her 18th century historical novel. At the very least, it would make for an interesting tone.

Stay tuned, Dear Blog Readers. Stay tuned.




  1. kkessler833 said,

    July 1, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Loved that book! Read it a long time ago!

    • July 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm

      I’m enjoying it very much. Surprised that Steinbeck is quite a “fusspot” — lol, not the way I’ve grown accustomed to thinking of him. Plus he’s just had an encounter with a woman he calls a “rude bitch.” !!##@@

      • kkessler833 said,

        July 2, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        Glad you like it! I think I read all of his novels, too! Love his work!

      • July 2, 2018 at 8:37 pm

        I’m discovering a different Steinbeck in Travels with Charley, but I love it. He’s rougher, a bit rude at times. But always has interesting things to say.

      • kkessler833 said,

        July 3, 2018 at 2:23 am

        I loved the beer story! That is so true! Sometimes people will only believe a lie.

      • July 3, 2018 at 4:33 am

        I don’t think I’ve gotten to that beer story yet. But I’m about to post from p. 50.

      • kkessler833 said,

        July 3, 2018 at 4:40 pm

        It is great! I may have the wrong book but I don’t think so.

      • July 3, 2018 at 5:02 pm

        You’re probably on the right book. I’m reading sooooo slowly. Lol

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