John Steinbeck

Dhvani Visaria, Shannon O'Connor, Haley Vitti

About John Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He was widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden and the Of Mice and Men. He was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, CA. The was the son of a small town politician and school-teacher. He worked as Laboratory assistant and farm laborer to support himself through his 6 years of study at Stanford University. Then in 1925 he moved to New York where he wrote and published his first novel Cup of Gold. It was an unsuccessful attempt at psychological romance involving the pirate Henry Morgan. He was determined and decided to move back to California to work as a writer of serious fiction. His second novel, To a God Unknown, was his strongest statement about men's relationship. After publishing some novels and short stories, Steinbeck first became widely known with Tortilla Flat (1935), a series of humorous stories about Monterey paisanos. Steinbeck received many critic and popular acclaim, the Of Mice and Men (1937), first conceived as a play, is a tightly constructed novella about an unusual friendship between two migratory workers.Then in 1939 he published what is considered his best work, The Grapes of Wrath, the story of Oklahoma tenant farmers who, unable to earn a living from the land, moved to California where they became migratory workers. He died in December 28th, 1968, in New York City.