"The Book on Cannery Row"
The History of John Steinbeck's Old Ocean View Avenue
by Michael K. Hemp
|See Cannery Row
as it really was through archive photos
of professional Monterey photographers.
This book also serves as an indispensable companion reference to all of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row literature: "Cannery Row" (1945), "Sweet Thursday" (1954), and "Log From The Sea of Cortez" (1951). 178 archival photos from the Pat Hathaway Historical Photo Collection of California Views illustrate the evolution of the Monterey Peninsula from its earliest inhabitants to the socio-economic disaster following the disappearance of the once "inexhaustible" supply of sardines.
Find the real "Old Row" and Steinbeck literary sites in today's busy tourist district.
With this book's complete and accurate site index and detailed map of Cannery Row's historic district, you can locate historic and Steinbeck sites, many of which appear in the high resolution digital photos in this book. The authoritative information in this unique history and guidebook are the result of twenty years of intense oral histories conducted from the 1980s to the present by researcher and author Michael K. Hemp with the Row's surviving cannery workers, business people, friends and relatives of John Steinbeck and his closest friend and mentor, pioneering marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the fictional "Doc" in Steinbeck fiction.