- The Composition, Publication, and Reception of John Steinbeck’s The Wayward Bus, with Biographical Background, by Roy SimmondsSynopsis of Chapter Six, “It was a paste-up job and I should never have let it go out the way it did”
The sixth and penultimate chapter of the serial posthumous publication of Roy Simmonds’s The Composition, Publication, and Reception of John Steinbeck’s The Wayward Bus, with Biographical Background, “It was a paste-up job and I should never have let it go out the way it did,” chronicles the steps leading to a disappointing novel and a failed marriage. With his usual astute insights into
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the integral relationship between Steinbeck’s writing process and his personal life, Simmonds here records events leading up to Steinbeck’s lament over the premature release and publication of a novel that he believed had needed more time, more careful planning, and more thought. Continuing his usual insightful perusal of the integral relationship between a writer’s life and his work, Simmonds reviews the disparate criticism of The Wayward Bus, simultaneously chronicling the author’s complicated relationship with his second wife, Gwyn. [End Page 94]
Barbara a. Heavilin serves as editor in chief of Steinbeck Review and has published numerous articles and books on John Steinbeck. She was awarded the Pruis Award for outstanding contributions to Steinbeck studies and is professor emeritus of Taylor University. She currently teaches literature classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her book titled From an Existential Vacuum to a Tragic Optimism: The Search for Meaning and Presence of God in Modern Literature is to be published by Cambridge Scholars Press in early 2014.