John Steinbeck dedicerade ”Öster om Eden” till sin förläggare Pascal Covici. När manuset var klart, lade han det i en trälåda han själv hade gjort. Och så skrev han detta på framsidan
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said,
“Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted and you said, “A box.”
“To put things in.”
“Whatever you have.” You said.
Well here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts—the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.
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