Cover

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

I would first and foremost like to thank Susan Shillinglaw for her support during the past two years. She has been an outstanding mentor, thesis advisor, and friend to me, and her dedication to this project has been tireless. Professors Robert Cullen, Donald Keesey, and Scott Rice, also at San Jos

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Editor’s Note

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pp. ix-x

Most of the 136 selected letters in this volume have been transcribed from carbon copies in the Edward F. Ricketts collection—which includes approximately 300 letters—housed in Special Collections at Stanford University. The letters reveal the scope of Ricketts’s interests and the many diverse people he corresponded with ...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xiv

Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts is perhaps most widely known as the model for Doc in John Steinbeck’s novella Cannery Row (1945): a marine biologist who drinks beer milkshakes, loves women, hates getting his head wet, pays bums to collect frogs, and ends parties with a reading of the anonymous eleventh-century Sanskrit poem ...

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Biographical Essay

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pp. xv-liv

Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts was born on May 14, 1897, in Chicago, Illinois, to Abbott Ricketts and Alice Beverly Flanders Ricketts. His father was a native of Owensville, Kentucky, and his mother, of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Frances Strong, Ricketts’s younger sister, kept a journal about their family, revealing that ...

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1936–1938

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pp. 1-35

On November 25, 1936, a power surge in the Del Mar Cannery caused a fire on Cannery Row that destroyed Pacific Biological Laboratories, including all of Ricketts’s personal and professional records and correspondence. Ricketts escaped, saving only his car, the clothes he was wearing, and a portrait of him ...

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1939–1940

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pp. 36-84

I feel very grateful for the embryo you sent me. If I can get Ritchie integrated to do it, I want to have him make a drawing of the whole thing intact, chorion and all; and then another one of the embryo dissected out in the membranes. Little enough work seems to have been done, except of the most qualitative sort, ...

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pp. 85-99

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1941–1942

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pp. 100-175

A while back you offered to do any typing that might help out on the new book. If you have time now and want to do it—but look Toni now, don’t be foolish and undertake anything that’s going to be a burden—I should like to get a clean copy of the latest draft of Non-Tel[eological]-thinking for Jon. He wants to use ...

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1943–1945

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pp. 176-218

We had your Christmas letter of Oct. 26th, and were most appreciative. I am glad that it came thru, and hope this reply goes thru equally promptly. I feared that there would be no communication with Sweden whatsoever. Dr. Schmitt, even before Pearl Harbor, tried to get in touch with some anthozoa specialist there in Sweden, ...

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1946–1948

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pp. 219-274

A revision of “Between Pacific Tides” is in the offing. While I cannot be sure that a resume of plankton work on this coast would be publishable there, or even suitable, still I have become interested personally in liaison work of this sort. It might be fun to attempt to diatom production figures—up there and ...

Works Cited

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pp. 275-278

Index

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pp. 279-283