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John Steinbeck Novels & Writings

The Grapes of Wrath

Of Mice and Men

Cannery Row

The Winter of Our Discontent

East of Eden

To a God Unknown

The Steinbeck Centennial Collection

Travels with Charley in Search of America

The Pearl

Sweet Thursday

The Moon Is Down

America and Americans: Selected Nonfiction

John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography

Steinbeck: A Life in Letters

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John Steinbeck Bio

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck (1902-1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, achieved popular success in 1935 when he published Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

Born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California to John Ernst Steinbeck, who served as Monterey County treasurer, and Olive Hamilton, a former school teacher who shared young John's love of reading. They lived in a rural town that was surrounded by some of the country's most fertile land. John spent his summers working on nearby ranches and later with migrant workers. He became familiar with the harsher aspects of migrant life and the darker side of human nature, material he would later express in such works as Of Mice and Men.

Steinbeck's father supported him in his dream of becoming a writer and supplied him with lodgings, paper for manuscripts and, when necessary, cash. John published four books between 1929 and 1933 but achieved his first critical success with the novel Tortilla Flat (1935), which won the California Commonwealth Club's Gold Medal.¹ read more

John Steinbeck Quotes

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."

"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance."

"If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last."

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