John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck

The Life and Career ofJohn Steinbeck


1929 - Cup of Gold1936 - In Dubious Battle1937 - Of Mice and Men1939 - Grapes of Wrath1952 - East of Eden1962 - Travels with Charley: In Search of America

-Graduated from Salinas High School in 1919-Published first novel in 1929-Was awarded the Pullitzer Prize and National Book Award for Grapes of Wrath in 1939-Oscar nomination for Lifeboat in 1944-Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962-Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964

Lasting Impact

John Steinbeck's work is still read today, and is even required for reading in many highschools. This is because of his relatable, down to earth characters, his way of connecting his works to the land and the world around him.


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Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Speech

Popular Works

Some of the most important points can be found at: 1:32, 1:48-1:56, 2:18-2:34, 4:40-4:45

This Salinas, California native was born on February 27, 1902 to parents John Ernst Steinbeck and Olive Hamilton. His mother, a school teacher, shared and encouraged her son's love of reading and writing. John began working manual jobs along with migrant workers. Working among migrants soon made him aware of the darker side of human nature, which gave him inspiration for his novel Of Mice and Men. After graduating from high school in 1919, John went to Stanford University to study English literature, but he left in 1925 without a degree. He then travelled to New York City where he worked many odd jobs while trying to write. He failed to have his works published, so he returned to California in 1928. At this time, Steinbeck and his wife, Carol Henning, had financial issues. So, it was only with his parents' help that he was able to write full time. In 1942, John and Carol divorced and then he married Gwyn Conger, with whom he had two children; Thomas Steinbeck and John Steinbeck IV. In 1950, Gwyn asks for a divorce and Steinbeck then married stage manager Elaine Scott. This third and final marriage lasted until John's death in 1968. Throughout his life, John Steinbeck was a productive and prolific writer with twenty seven novels and many acclaims and awards.

Meghan Roy


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