John Steinbeck

February 27, 1902-December 20, 1968

John Steinbeck early childhood and adult life

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California, the third child of Olive Hamilton, and John Ernst Steinbeck. John grew up in a well off family they were not poor but also they were not rich. His mother Olive Hamilton was a school teacher doing so she had to spend time away from her own family to focus on other peoples children which may be the reason John Steinbeck shows so much resentment towards women in his books . In 1919 John Steinbeck enlisted in Stanford University John Steinbeck eventually dropped out of college permanently in 1925 after drifting in and out of college . In 1929 John Steinbeck wrote his first book Cup of Gold(1929).

Facts about John Steinbeck

-He was married three times .

-He had two sons who both served in the Vietnam war.

-John Steinbeck received the Nobel peace prize In 1962 for literature.

John Steinbeck quotes

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
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Of Mice and Men

Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.


-During this point in time men did not travel for work together so this made Lennie and George some what different .

-Working together made Lennie and George easy targets .

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Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath(1939) . Was John Steinbeck first award winning success which later won John Steinbeck his first Pulitzer prize.
The Grapes of Wrath - 1940 - Henry Fonda - Trailer