Remembering Frank McCourt

PEN deeply mourns the loss of Frank McCourt—teacher, Pulitzer Prize–winning storyteller, and PEN Member. Mr. McCourt contributed to PEN most generously. He was a frequent literary host at both… More

Tribute to John Steinbeck

Studs Terkel: The More Things ChangeIt’s Steinbeck’s prophetic touch, that touch of clairvoyance, which makes his book so pertinent today. In 1989 I found myself on a farm in… More

A Mighty Heart

In 1933 John Steinbeck was so poor he couldn't afford a dog. The literary critic Lewis Gannett uncovered this fact in Steinbeck’s correspondence with his agents during the time… More

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