ATG Quirkies: John Steinbeck’s Dog Ate the First Draft of “Mice and Men”

by | May 23, 2021 | 0 comments


According to this “Fun Fact” post on Literary Hub “On May 27, 1936, John Steinbeck, then 34 years old and working on the manuscript that would eventually become Of Mice and Men, sent a letter to his agent, Elizabeth Otis. In it, he thanks her for the $94 check, muses on the strangeness of criticism from England, and then reports:

“Minor tragedy stalked. I don’t know whether I told you. My setter pup [Toby], left alone one night, made confetti of about half of my [manuscript]. Two months work to do over again. It sets me back. There was no other draft. I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically…”


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