The Use of Anecdote in Cannery Row

The vignettes and anecdotes interspersed throughout John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row may, at first sight, seem tangential. Yet they are fundamental to the novel, not least because the plot line–throwing a party for Doc–would be insufficient to sustain a short story, let alone a full-length novel. Yet the episodes also serve many purposes other than advancing … Read moreThe Use of Anecdote in Cannery Row