Steinbeck attended Stanford University between 1920 and 1925 but left without a degree, and went to New York where he lived and worked for several months. He enrolled mainly to please his parents, but pleased himself by only taking courses that interested him such as creative writing and classical and British literature (National Biography). Before his novels achieved any success, he supported himself as a laborer, a freelance writer, and a newspaper reporter (Millichap) while he wrote, and the things he experienced gave him much needed authority to his descriptions of the lives of workers in his novels, particularly The Grapes of Wrath. Discouraged by his chain of unsuccessful work, Steinbeck went back to California where he took a job at a lodge at Lake Tahoe as a caretaker (Millichap). It was during this time that Steinbeck finished his first novel, Cup of Gold. The novel was a romance that featured a pirate named Henry Morgan and was ...
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... autobiographical work he’d been considering since the early thirties. Steinbeck was initially disappointed with how East of Eden was received by the public. Although it was popular with the general audience, it failed to impress critics, and the sales were hardly satisfying (American National Bibliography). Steinbeck considered it to be his best work, even greater than The Grapes of Wrath and became discouraged with its failure.
To this day Steinbeck remains as one of the most widely read authors here in the states as well as around the world. Although he may not be taught in literature quite as frequently anymore, his works have been modestly revived, and many people still love to read his works. Steinbeck and his talent as a writer will certainly continue to have a place in the world of literature he will always be remembered as one of America’s greatest writers.
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