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Fifty years ago this month, acclaimed American novelist John Steinbeck stuffed his belongings and his poodle into a camper perched on top of a pickup, left his Long Island home and headed out to cross the United States, determined to rediscover a country that had become increasingly unrecognizable to him. Steinbeck, who’d won the Pulitzer Prize for his depression-era novel “The Grapes Of Wrath,” was 58 when he began his journey. He’d eventually travel to 40 states, and surprisingly, given the nature of celebrity status nowadays, was not recognized a single time despite having his photo plastered on millions of book jackets.