Steinbeck the Spy

March 1, 2014

When John Steinbeck wasn’t busy writing 600-page novels, he might have been a Cold War CIA spy. In 1952, Steinbeck approached the CIA and suggested he could do some spying on an upcoming European trip. “The pace and method of my junket together with my intention of talking with great numbers of people of all classes may offer peculiar advantages,” he wrote to an agent.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

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