Title: The Log from the Sea of Cortez
Author: John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts
Publisher: Penguin Books
Copyright: 1995, Originally published by Viking 1951.
Page Count: 228 p.
Steinbeck received the Noble Prize for literature.
After publication of The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck and the novel became increasingly pressured by controversy. In an effort to take a break, he and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, headed out for a marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California. The log is co-authored by them, but after Ricketts’ death, Steinbeck reissued the narrative as the Log From the Sea of Cortez in a day-by-day account of their science adventure. This edition features an introduction by Richard Astro.
A nonfiction travelogue written by a scientist and one of America’s most gifted fiction writer makes for very good reading. It provides a great comparison of the points of view and philosophies of the two men. And, it provides wonderful documentation of Baja in the 1940s.
This day-by-day account of Steinbeck’s trip to the Gulf of California with biologist Ed Ricketts. It is from a longer work called Sea of Cortez and provides a wonderful collection of science, philosophy, and travel adventure.
Information about the Author John Steinbeck is an American author from the Monterey, California area. He was born in Salinas, California. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Gulf of California – Baja
What constitutes nonfiction?
Baja in the 1930s vs Baja today
Fictionalization of a Good Travel Story
Reading Level/Interest Age
Interest Level: Age 15 and up