John Steinbeck


Early Life

John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in a rural area of California. Steinbeck always had passion for reading and writing. Growing up he worked on nearby farms and ranches. While working on the farms and ranches he learned about the harsh conditions that immigrant workers had. Later he would use his learnings in his book Of Mice and Men. After graduating in 1919 Steinbeck went to Stanford University. Then in 1925 he moved to New York City. While living in New York he worked odd jobs while trying to write.

Exposing realities

Steinbeck's books are not like the books before his, which tended to be romances. Instead Steinbeck wrote about the harsh realities of life. "He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement." -John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck reads from "Of Mice and Men" Literary discussion animation
This is John Steinbeck reading a piece from his well known book Of Mice and Men. This book is considered to be one of his most popular books.


In 1929 John Steinbeck had his first novel published, Cup Of Gold. Steinbeck continued to write and became a well known writer in the 1920s. One of his most known book is the Grapes Of Wrath. Grapes Of Wrath a book about a family in the great depression. John Steinbeck writes similarly to Fred Gipson author of Old Yeller. Much like in Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, Gipson writes about a family on a farm in Old Yeller.