John Steinbeck

The Famous Author

The Life of John Steinbeck

Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, California. As a young boy he formed an early appreciation of the land and would lock himself in his room to write stories and poems. Steinbeck enrolled in Stanford University in 1919, but he soon dropped out of college and worked as a laborer to scrape by a living. At this stage of his life, Steinbeck wrote books that received only minimal reviews. It was not until 1935, when his novel "Tortilla Flat" was published that Steinbeck achieved real success.

His Contribution to America

The Significance of Steinbeck's Writing

Steinbeck's works gave voice to the working class Americans. "Tortilla Flat" is about a group of friends of Spanish descent that are living in a house inherited by the friends. These paisans are living jobless right after WWI. Even though Steinbeck was known for writing about tramps, hobos, and ragamuffins, he made his characters relatable to everyone and emphasized the hardships that everyone was going through. Most of Steinbeck's writing eventually turned into Major Motion Pictures, including "The Grapes of Wrath", "Tortilla Flat", and "Of Mice and Men".

John Steinbeck vs Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is also a spectacular writer. He was born in 1975 and is most famous for his two novels "The Book Thief" and "I Am The Messenger". In "The Book Thief" Zusak brings to light the misery of WWI from a different perspective. A German perspective. Like Steinbeck, Zusak uncovers the rarely seen side of the world as we know it. For Steinbeck it was the workers and the poor, and for Zusak it was all the horror that the Germans had to bear. The Book Thief" is also a major motion picture.