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Court Rejects John Steinbeck's Son's Appeal

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a son of author John Steinbeck over the publishing rights to "The Grapes of Wrath" and other early works.

The appeal by Thomas Steinbeck is similar to the one the high court rejected in 2009. They both stem from a dispute over who controls the rights to publish Steinbeck's works.

The court on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling dismissing Thomas Steinbeck's claims. He is the author's sole surviving son. He and Steinbeck granddaughter Blake Smyle already receive a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Steinbeck's books.

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