John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, to John and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck in Salinas, which was a small town in northern California. Steinbeck read a lot as a youth and he was most influenced by Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte d’ Arthur. In 1919, he had graduated from Salinas High School and then went to Sanford University, but even though he studied a lot, he left without getting a degree. Steinbeck later in 1925, moved to New York City where he worked for a newspaper called the New York American. He wasn’t good at reporting because he always got into what he wrote so he went back to California to work on a ship. Steinbeck later got a job in Nevada as a caretaker where he wrote and produced a story about adventure in 1929. One year later, he married a woman named Carol Henning and they both moved and settled in Pacific Grove, California. The first three books Steinbeck wrote were largely unnoticed. His first one that actually got noticed was Tortilla Flat. Tortilla Flat was Steinbeck’s first book where it became a movie and he received $3000 for the movie rights. That money had lifted him up from being so poor in the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Years later, in 1939, John Steinbeck wrote a book called The Grapes of Wrath which is on the “Top 100 Books of All Time”. The Grapes of Wrath took place during the Great Depression. A lot of Americans loved it and a lot didn’t. Californian farmers hated it because it said things about them. So First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt called for “congressional hearings on migrant worker camp conditions”. Steinbeck went around places, asking how it was living there and what farm workers did. He was disgusted and just hated all the suffering and heartbreak that he had witnessed. So St... ... middle of paper ... ... a voice with people who didn’t have a voice with the stories The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. Many people had said that Steinbeck’s works were raw or lacking good taste. He never liked being in the public and all the criticism annoyed him, but it never stopped him from his commitment of his works. Today, John Steinbeck still remains to be one of the most popular and respected American authors of the 19th century. WORKS SITED Bloom, Harold. John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 25 Feb. 2014. Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Grapes of Wrath." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. Coers, Donald V. John Steinbeck As Propagandist : The Moon Is Down Goes To War. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1991. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

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