A lot of the things that I did have become historical documents, particularly The Grapes of Wrath. I had been out with Dorothea Lange as she shot some pictures of migratory labor. I admired what Dorothea was doing, and I realized that migratory labor was an important story. I wanted to do a book on it in 1937. It would be essentially a photographic book, and I cast about for who I could get to write the text and the captions. As I was living in San Francisco, I thought that John Steinbeck was the logical man. He wasn't as famous at that time as he became, so I called and asked him, “Would you be interested in working on a book like this?” He said, “Sure. Come on down, and we'll have lunch, and we'll talk it over.”
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