Posted on May 25, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Long before we had Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we had John Steinbeck and werewolves — though we didn’t know it and may never get to see it.

The Guardian reports that a specialist in American literature at Stanford University wants Murder at Full Moon, written under a pseudonym and rejected by publishers, to be released to the public.

Steinbeck’s agents, however, are arguing that the author’s decision to use a pseudonym and not seek publication after his other novels saw success means the werewolf mystery should remain unpublished.

A counterpoint? Steinbeck destroyed at least two other full-length unpublished novels but spared Murder at Full Moon.

You can read more about Murder at Full Moon and what it tells us about Steinbeck’s literary development in the Guardian.

Steinbeck — a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner — is best known for the social criticism and tragedy of The Grapes of WrathOf Mice and Men, and East of Eden.

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