The Wayward Bus

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Author: Steinbeck, John (1902-1968)

Year: 1947

Publisher: Viking Press

Place: New York


312 pages. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's reddish-orange cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover and embossed pictorial to cover with original pictorial jacket. (Goldstone & Payne: A23a) First edition.

This is about a group of strangers who are stranded on a bus. In the beginning of the book Steinbeck's writing is so clear, so realistic you would swear you were inside the bus stop's coffee shop. Unfortunately, the reader can become lost in the last part of the book, when Steinbeck's writing becomes too allegorical. Although critically it is an undervalued book, Viking printed 100,000 copies of The Wayward Bus. (Firsts:17:1)


Light shelf wear. Jacket restored some light stains to back wrapper else a very good copy in a very good to fine jacket.


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