John Steinbeck

Jalen White and Coreon Woods

His Life

  • Steinbeck was born on 1902 in Salinas, California
  • German, Irish, and English decent
  • Mother (Olive Hamilton) was a former school teacher
  • Father (John Ernst Steinbeck) was the Monterey County treasurer
  • Three sister Beth, Mary, and Esther
  • Married first wife (Carol Hennings) in 1930, divorced in 1943
  • Married second wife (Gwyndolyn Conger) and they divorced in 1948
  • Married third wife (Elaine Anderson) in 1950
  • Has two children (Thomas an John Steinbeck IV)
  • His writing was inspired by his experience with the Great Depression
  • Published his first novel (The Cup of Gold)
  • His Mother was the reason he started reading and writing


John Steinbeck won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962. He was the spokesperson for the victims of The Great Depression. For six years he went to Stanford, but never graduated. He died of a heart attack in New York.
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