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Rare Steinbeck story, set in Paris, published this week

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 18:00:24-04

NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out Ernest Hemingway wasn’t the only Great American Writer with something to say about Paris.

Hemingway’s contemporary and fellow Nobel laureate, John Steinbeck, was best known for “The Grapes of Wrath,” ”Of Mice and Men” and other fiction set in his native California. But he was a world citizen for much of his adult life, and he absorbed enough of Paris to write down some memories and impressions, and add a funny, fictional spin.

In the mid-1950s, Steinbeck wrote a series of columns for the French newspaper Le Figaro titled “One American In Paris.” One of those pieces, widely believed to have never come out in English, appears this week in the summer issue of The Strand Magazine.