Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Essay

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Biography: The author of Of Mice and Men is John Steinbeck. John was born in Salinas, California, on the 27th of February 1902. John had two older sisters and one younger sister, making him the only son to his parents. The Steinbeck’s family was not wealthy, but they did hold much significance in their small community due to their involvement around Salinas. Unlike his family, John wanted little to do with their small community and was seen as a rebel. John locked himself away in his room, shutting out the real world spending in in his own, where he would write short stories and poems. (Shillinglaw) After spending a majority of his teenage years locked away with disdain from his family, he wanted to do something to please his parents, …show more content…
John Steinbeck’s constant writing during this time exhausted him, causing him to abandon literature for two years to travel with Carol and best friend, Ed, in 1940. (Shillinglaw) Eventually John and Carol’s marriage began to fall apart and the two divorced in 1943. John moved on quickly and was marriage to Gwyndolen Conger in the same year. The two moved east together and had two sons, Thomas and John. Unlike his previous marriage this marriage fell apart rather quickly, ending in divorce in 1948, just some five years later. Around the same time John’s best friend Ed died in a car crash, sending John into a yearlong depression. (Shillinglaw) In 1950, John was brought out of his depression when he met and married Elaine Scott. The two were seen as jet-setter, traveling anywhere and everywhere. His work, which had been lackluster since his successful novels of the 30’s, were once again genius and inspired. The most successful book from this period was East of Eden. Eventually John and Elaine settled down in New York City, where he died of heart disease on the 20th of December 1968. (Shillinglaw) John Steinbeck won many literature awards for his work during his lifetime. Of Mice and Men texts and Broadway play were both received well by the critics and audience, making John Steinbeck a household name in the 1930’s. The Broadway adaptation even won the “best play” award from

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