John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts

The Story of a Friendship

John in the 1960s. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

John Steinbeck knew Ed Ricketts for eighteen years, first meeting him in a dentist’s waiting room in October 1930, although John has, over the years, given different versions of where they met. Wherever it was, a deep and trusting friendship evolved that shaped both their lives, and certainly helped make Steinbeck the writer he became.

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