The Origin of Cathy Ames
February 1, 2014 7:35 AM Subscribe
Is there any evidence that the character Cathy Ames in Steinbeck's East of Eden was based on a real person?
posted by helloimjohnnycash to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Her characterization is almost a perfect description of sociopathy. I can't help but think that Steinbeck had a run in at some point in his life with a sociopath who became the inspiration for Cathy, but I can't seem to find any evidence for this.
Was it just a coincidence that Steinbeck could so perfectly describe a sociopath, or did this description come from some real life encounter?