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Life and works of John Steinnbeck

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John Steinbeck was probably the best author of all time. He was the winner of a Nobel Prize, and along with many other accomplishments, Steinbeck wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories during his lifetime. Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, The Pearl, and East of Eden, went on to become Hollywood films, some appeared multiple times, as remakes. Steinbeck also had some success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat. Many of his life experiences are shown through his novels. Someone can tell, by reading one of Steinbeck’s novels that he had been through a lot, throughout his life. Also, Steinbeck worked hard to accomplish everything that he did, during his lifetime. Nothing came easy for him, and had to earn everything on his own, and this helped him in his works. He also had the ability to write about real people and real experiences. John Steinbeck got his inspiration from his life experiences such as people he knew, and places he had spent time at. Many of Steinbeck's views of the world are shown through his novels. Some of Steinbeck’s most influential works are included in this paper and are summarized, to show how many Americans living in poverty today can relate to some of Steinbeck’s works which are also set during a recession era. Growing up in Salinas Valley, Steinbeck had the chance to spend a lot of time outdoors. His uncle used to take him on fishing trips, and spent time visiting his mother’s grand-fathers' farm near King City, it gave him a large respect for nature. Later on he became a caretaker on a large piece of land at Lake Tahoe, ... ... middle of paper ... ...life experiences, events, and people which makes it easier for the reader to connect if they too had the same experiences first-hand. Although John Steinbeck has been gone for awhile, his legacy continues to thrive on Americans today. Steinbeck’s influence not only flourishes across the United States but has also been all around the world. His influnces have also attracted the attention of film production studios in which the have created movies based upon stories from Steinbeck. His legacy is also continued through high school reading, a study by the Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature in the United States found that Of Mice and Men was one of the ten most often read books in public high and independent schools. Steinbeck has been honored in many ways having, places dedicated to him and having his name inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that john steinbeck was probably the best author of all time. he wrote twenty-five novels, six non-fiction books, and several collections of short stories during his lifetime.
  • Explains that steinbeck spent a lot of time outdoors growing up in the salinas valley. his uncle used to take him fishing trips, and visited his mother's grand-fathers' farm near king city.
  • Explains that john ernest steinbeck was born in salinas valley, california, on february 27, 1902, from german and irish decent.
  • Analyzes john steinbeck's novel the grapes of wrath, set during the great depression, about a family who set out for california after being driven out of their homeland of oklahoma, due to the drought.
  • Analyzes how the hamilton family is based on the real-life family of samuel hamilton, steinbeck's maternal grandfather.
  • Narrates how adam's sons, caleb and aron, grow up not knowing about their mother’s situation.
  • Analyzes how steinbeck's novella of mice and men is about two drifters in search of work during the great depression.
  • Explains that john steinbeck continued writing, relying on research and his personal view of real life human situations for his stories.
  • Opines that steinbeck had a huge impact on many people who have read his works. his works were fictional, but they were inspired by real life experiences, events, and people.
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