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John Steinbeck

Writer
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Hometown Salinas, California
Died Dec 20, 1968
Death Place New York City
Other Names John Ernst Steinb...

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). As the author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1902 Birth Born in 1902.

TEENAGE

1919 17 Years Old Steinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and went from there to study English Literature at Stanford University in Palo Alto, leaving, without a degree, in 1925. … Read More

TWENTIES

1928 26 Years Old 1 More Event
When he failed to have his work published, he returned to California and worked in 1928 as a tour guide and caretaker at Lake Tahoe, where he met Carol Henning, his first wife.
The two were married in January 1930 in Los Angeles, where, with friends, he attempted to make money by manufacturing plaster mannequins.

THIRTIES

1933 31 Years Old In 1933 Steinbeck published The Red Pony, a 100-page, four-chapter story weaving in memories of Steinbeck's childhood. … Read More
1941 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Although Carol accompanied Steinbeck on the trip, their marriage was beginning to suffer, and ended a year later, in 1941, even as Steinbeck worked on the manuscript for the book.

FORTIES

1942 40 Years Old In 1942, after his divorce from Carol he married Gwyndolyn "Gwyn" Conger. … Read More
1943 41 Years Old In 1943, Steinbeck served as a World War II war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and worked with the Office of Strategic Services (predecessor of the CIA). … Read More
1944 42 Years Old In 1944, suffering from homesickness for his Pacific Grove/Monterey life of the 1930s, he wrote Cannery Row (1945) which became so famous that Ocean View Avenue in Monterey, the location of the book, was eventually renamed Cannery Row in 1958. … Read More
1947 45 Years Old In 1947, Steinbeck made the first of many trips to the Soviet Union, this one with photographer Robert Capa. … Read More
1948 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Steinbeck's 1948 book about their experiences, A Russian Journal, was illustrated with Capa's photos.
1950 48 Years Old …  Steinbeck and Scott eventually began a relationship and in December 1950 Steinbeck and Scott married, within a week of the finalizing of Scott's own divorce from actor Zachary Scott.

FIFTIES

1952 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1952 Steinbeck's longest novel, East of Eden, was published. … Read More
1960 58 Years Old Travels with Charley (subtitle: In Search of America) is a travelogue of his 1960 road trip with his poodle Charley. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

Apparently taken aback by the critical reception of this novel, and the critical outcry when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, Steinbeck published no more fiction in the next six years before his death.
1964 62 Years Old In September 1964, Steinbeck was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1967 65 Years Old In 1967, at the behest of Newsday magazine, Steinbeck went to Vietnam to report on the war there.
1968 66 Years Old 1 More Event
John Steinbeck died in New York City on December 20, 1968, of heart disease and congestive heart failure. … Read More
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