During a summer vacation he took a year and half off from his studies, where he worked as a labourer. This is where he got his first experience as a migrant worker. He went back to Stanford University and in 1925 he dropped out without a degree and went to New York. His parents wanted him to have a respectable job as a lawyer; but with no degree it was inevitable that he would fail. He grasped a job as a construction worker, but was laid off.
His father passed away in 1957 on October 1, his sister and his brother-in-law die in 1958. He then adopted his three oldest nieces and nephews. Kurt still found time to write and Cat’s Cradle was published in 1962. From 1965 to 1967, he took up a residency at University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and published Pearls Before Swine. Vonnegut wanted a closer look in Dresden before he wrote the novel Slaughterhouse Five, to he went back to Dresden on a Guggenheim Fellowship.
1925: He went to New York City, working odd jobs, including manual labor for the construction of Madison Square Garden. He was unable to find a publisher. He returned to California the next year. 1929: Cup of Gold became his first published novel. 1930: Married Carol Henning and moved to the family home in Pacific Grove.
They would have a son name Wells, who is killed in World War II. (Borgoin) Early in the 1920’s Lewis came out with Main Street. The Story according to Howes, “centered on what Lewis would term “the village virus”, meaning the negative effects of life in the stifling atmosphere of a small U.S. town.” (Howes). Main Street was a best-seller although many people were not big fans of the novel. In 1922, Lewis wrote a novel called Babbitt, which also gained popularity.
For the most part, Steinbeck who grew up with three sisters had a nice childhood. He was shy, but smart, according to people who knew John Steinbeck, Steinbeck decided to become a writer at the age of 14 most of the time locking himself in his bedroom to write poems and stories. In 1919 Steinbeck became a student at Stanford University a decision that he did just to please his parents but the writer with potential would prove that he didn’t really need college. Over the next six years Steinbeck was going in and out of school leading him to just dropping out for good in 1925 without a degree. Following Stanford, Steinbeck tried to go for it as a self-employed writer.
Brief Biography of John Steinbeck John Steinbeck lead a life filled with words, from his award winning novels to the hundreds letters he wrote to friends during his career. He was born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902, and lived there for the first sixteen years of his life until he graduated from Salinas High School in 1918. He took classes at Stanford, but spent more of his college years working to pay tuition than then he spent in the classroom. 1924 brought his first publication, two short stories in the Standford Spectator, but in 1925 he left his schooling and went to New York for a time. By 1926, he was back in California and his first book, Cup of Gold, was published the year the of great stock market crash, but had little success.
John’s writing style was developed from the experiences in his life; this may be why he is so interesting to read, because John has had an interesting life. John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in the Salinas Fertile Valley, California. His father, John Ernst Steinbeck, was a simple farmer and the treasurer of Monterey County, California. His mother, Olive Hamilton Steinbeck, was a school teacher and she was the one person who was responsible for introducing him to the wonderful world of famous literature. She also read and taught him Shakespeare and other famous writers.
Then in 1895 Frost married Elinor White whom he had been co-valedictorians with in high school. Then between 1897 and 1899 Frost felt the need to go back to college he attended Harvard as a special student only to leave without a degree. Over the next ten years he would write more poetry. Frost would live on and operate a farm in Derry, New Hampshire that his grandfather had purchase for him with the condition he live there for a minimum of ten years. He would also take a teaching position at Derry’s Pinkerton Academy to receive another form of income.
For a short time, he worked at the American in New York City, and then returned to California where he worked various jobs such as a painter and fruit-picker before taking a job as a caretaker for a Lake Tahoe Estate. (John Steinbeck ) His job as a caretaker allowed him time to write and by the time he left the job in 1930 he had already published his first book, Cup of Gold (1929) and married his first wife Carol Henning (John Steinbeck ). After his marriage he moved to Pacific Grove, California where, in the early 1930s, Steinbeck met Edward Ricketts, a marine biologist, whose views on the interdependence of all life deeply influenced Steinbeck's novel To a God Unknown (1933). (John Steinbeck ) Tortilla Flat (1935) was Steinbeck's first successful novel. (John Steinbeck ) "Of Mice and Men (1937), a story of shattered dreams, became Steinbeck's first big success.
After a short time there he moved back to California after his short story collection was rejected by the publisher in New York. He then received a job at a remote Lake Tahoe resort. In 1930, he married the first of his three wives, Carol Henning, and moved to Pacific Grove, California. In 1943, married Gwen Longer and had two kids. In 1929, he met Ed Ricketts, who would turn out to be his best friends.