Posted on July 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

John Steinbeck is the latest dead, English-speaking author to have a work published in his native language for the first time.

The author best known for such weighty tales as The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men also wrote a humorous story called “The Amiable Fleas,” about a Parisian chef whose cooking companion is a cat.

Steinbeck wrote “The Amiable Fleas” while living in Paris; the original English version was translated into French for publication in Le Figaro.

The Strand Magazine has just published the English version in its latest issue (available now); you can also read about the story’s provenance in the New York Times and listen to an NPR interview with the magazine’s managing editor.

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