John Steinbeck

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John Ernst Steinbeck was born February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. His father was John Steinbeck and his mother was Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. He had two older sisters, Esther and Beth, however John also had a younger sister named Mary. At the age of fourteen, Steinbeck was unambiguous about wanting to be a writer. [1] He would often sit in his room and write poems and short stories. Later in his life he would write about his childhood and how it was being a young fellow at his time. After high school with the initiative of pleasing his parents in mind, Steinbeck enrolled at Stanford University in 1919. He only took classes he thought he would enjoy, but dropped out in 1925, with no degree. After his attempt of college, he went from …show more content…
The book was historical fiction, depicting the life of a man named Sir Henry Morgan. To publish this work of fiction John Steinbeck was aided financially. During this time John married, sadly this would only be his first marriage, in 1930, her name was Carol Henning. [3] Steinbeck’s next novel faced a lot of rejection from the publishers, but in 1935 he published the Tortilla Flat. His next two novels are what he is known for. In 1937, Steinbeck’s best-seller Of mice and Men was printed. Three years later, 1940, The Grapes of Wrath was published. John was an important writer because he showed the United States how life really was. Steinbeck was said to be a naturalist. Meaning he used his surroundings and memories in his stories. He told the country how it really was. For example, in his book Of mice and Men, he told a story of two migrant workers, farmers who moved to California because of dust storms. The Grapes of Wrath is his most famous novel and told a story of a family who is migrating to California from Oklahoma. This book tells another story in the setting of the Dust Bowl. In 1940, Steinbeck’s book The Grapes of Wrath was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. John Ford directed the film of his novel and it made the book even more popular.

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