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  • Martha Heasley Cox’s Legacy for Steinbeck Scholars
  • Mimi Reisel Gladstein (bio)

Martha Heasley Cox provided a rich treasure trove for all of us Steinbeck scholars—whether we are early in our careers or grizzled old veterans. Having been both in receiving my benefits from her work, I can attest to the debt we all owe her—from the small room when I first visited the Steinbeck Collection in the 1970s to the world-class reference center it is now. The scope of her impact is international, with scholars now coming to the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University from as far afield as Algeria, Japan, and Slovenia. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, Martha. [End Page 81]

Mimi Reisel Gladstein

mimi reisel gladstein is the author of five books and co-editor of two. She is past president of the John Steinbeck Society of America and has been recipient of both the John J. and Angeline Pruis Award for teaching and the Burkhardt Award for Steinbeck scholarship. Her scholarly articles, covering subjects as diverse as the Harry Potter series and bilingual wordplay in Hemingway and Steinbeck, have been translated and published in both Mexico and Japan. At the University of Texas at El Paso she has served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, Chair of the English Department, Chair of Theatre, Dance, and Film, and was the first Director of the Women’s Studies Program.

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