John Steinbeck

Author of East of Eden and 50+ Books

John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck III was a writer from the United States. He wrote the 1939-published Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath and the 1937-published novel Of Mice and Men. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including seventeen novels, six non-fiction books, and several short story collections. Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Steinbeck grew up in California's Salinas Valley region, a culturally diverse place w... ith rich history of migration and immigrants. This upbringing gave his writing a regionalistic flavor, giving a distinct sense of place to many of his works. Steinbeck moved to New York City for a short time, but he soon returned to California to start his career as a writer. He dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years most of his earlier work. An exception was his first novel, Cup of Gold, about the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck's imagination as a child. Steinbeck found a more authentic voice in his subsequent novels, drawing direct memories of his life in California. He later used real historical conditions and events in America's first half of the 20th century, which he experienced as a reporter first-hand. Steinbeck often populated his stories with fighting characters; during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers. His later work reflected his broad spectrum of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology. One of his last published works was Travels with Charley, a road trip travelog he took to rediscover America in 1960. He died of a heart attack in New York in 1968 and his ashes are interred in Salinas. Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947), and East of Eden (1952), went on to become Hollywood films, and Steinbeck was also successful as a Hollywood writer, receiving Alfred Hitchcocks Lifeboat's Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944.READ MORE

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I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.

Maybe everbody in the whole damn world is scared of each other.

There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.

All great and precious things are lonely.

I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.

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