|Thirty years after John Steinbeck's death, a new museum dedicated to the
writer opened in late-June in his hometown of Salinas, California. The
National Steinbeck Center commemorates a remarkable career that saw
the author produce classics like "The Grapes of Wrath," "East of Eden,"
and "Of Mice and Men." It was these and other blunt portraits of
the American West that apparently caught the FBI's eye, according to these
two memos. Anyone who wrote so powerfully about poverty and despair,
the bureau thought, was probably a Commie. (3 pages)
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