John Steinbeck

American writer, Nobel Prize for Literature laureate in 1962 John Steinbeck

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.
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A touch of paint brings a desert town to life - Los Angeles Times
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Needles earned a certain fame when it was named in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." "It was outrageously reasonable, and I think he captured the feel of the small town," said Needles accountant Michael Burger, who hired Louden to liven up his
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Two new books explore the history of SLO County - San Luis Obispo Tribune
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As a child growing up in the Oceano Dunes during the Great Depression, Ella Thorp Ellis rubbed elbows with such notables as Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck and Edward Weston. Her fascinating memoir details her time spent living among the Dunites at Moy
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Steinbeck: The fury of Hurricane Donna - Newsday (subscription)
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OpEd Newsday > Opinion > OpEd Steinbeck: The fury of Hurricane Donna Published: August 26, 2011 3:25 PM By JOHN STEINBECK Reprinted with the permission of Penguin Classics. In late summer 1960, as John Steinbeck and his poodle were about to leave their
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Farm tours and fresh veggies in California's 'salad bowl' - San Francisco Chronicle
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Most tourists come to the Monterey area for its coastal diversions, but those who visit frequently — or have read John Steinbeck's novels and stories set in what he called "The Valley of the World"— soon catch on: There's a whole other side to the
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Gritty Steinbeck play comes to life - News & Observer
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John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," a classic of 20th century literature, is a deeply affecting tale of abiding friendship in the face of hopeless circumstances. Steinbeck's theatrical version is similarly moving,
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Steinbeck's Novel a Beautiful Story of Friendship - Patch.com
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Tenth grade students taking English 123 at Lynnfield High School are required to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a beautiful tale about friendship set in California during the Great Depression. The novella is one of two books
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APT finds the heart 'Of Mice and Men' - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Spring Green - Although he remains a staple in high school English classes, John Steinbeck has never received the respect he deserves from the literati, who have classified him as a second-rater by ... - -
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Antiques & Collectibles: Vintage magazines offer glimpse of bygone days - Press of Atlantic City
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Woman's Home Companion featured poetry, short stories and serialized fiction by famous authors such as Willa Cather, Edna Ferber, Jack London and John Steinbeck, as well as articles about cooking, housekeeping, fashion trends, home decoration,
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How to keep your old tail wagging - ohmidog!
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You know that I am a not-particularly-buff, not-particularly-health-conscious 57 — about the same age John Steinbeck was when he set off on his trip across America with his poodle, Charley. You may realize, too, that Travels with Ace has been — in
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Oregon hotel connects with Salinas author - The Salinas Californian
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A hotel room in which the spirit of John Steinbeck resides sits not in his hometown of Salinas but along the northern Oregon coastline. There, in Newport, one finds the Sylvia Beach Hotel, built between 1910 and 1913. A bed-and-breakfast inn,
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OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck - Burbank.com News
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Migrant workers George and Lennie pursue the dream of self-sufficient prosperity during the Great Depression in this classic play from author John Steinbeck. George, shouldering the burden of Lennie's simple-minded need to be affectionate at
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Steinbeck's Storehouse - Napa Valley Register
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Opened in 1998, the Steinbeck Center's major attraction is the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, which contains artifacts of the author's life and all his literary works. Born in 1902, Steinbeck was class president of Salinas High School, class of 1919
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Steinbeck documentary in works - Variety
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Producer Robert Kanter has acquired the docu rights to John Steinbeck's nonfiction travelogue "The Log From the Sea of Cortez" for an upcoming screen adaptation. Kanter aims to re-create the six-week trip chronicled in the book,
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  • 1968
    John Steinbeck died in New York City on December 20, 1968, of heart disease and congestive heart failure.
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  • 1967
    In 1967, at the behest of Newsday magazine, Steinbeck went to Vietnam to report on the war.
  • 1964
    In September 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded Steinbeck Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • 1962
    The award of the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature to Steinbeck was controversial in the United States.
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    Although the committee believed Steinbeck's best work was behind him by 1962, committee member Anders Österling believed the release of his novel The Winter of Our Discontent showed that "after some signs of slowing down in recent years, has regained his position as a social truth-teller is an authentic realist fully equal to his predecessors Sinclair Lewis and Ernest Hemingway."
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    In 1962, Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for literature for his "realistic and imaginative writing, combining as it does sympathetic humor and keen social perception."
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    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.
  • 1960
    Travels with Charley: In Search of America is a travelogue of his 1960 road trip with his poodle Charley.
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  • 1952
    In 1952, John Steinbeck appeared as the on-screen narrator of 20th Century Fox's film, O.
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    In 1952 Steinbeck's longest novel, East of Eden, was published.
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  • 1950
    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.
  • 1948
    In 1948, the year the book was published, Steinbeck was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
    Steinbeck's 1948 book about their experiences, A Russian Journal, was illustrated with Capa's photos.
  • 1947
    In 1947, Steinbeck made the first of many trips to the Soviet Union, this one with photographer Robert Capa.
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  • 1944
    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 renamed Cannery Row in 1958.
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  • 1943
    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).
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  • 1942
    In 1942, after his divorce from Carol he married Gwyndolyn "Gwyn" Conger.
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  • 1941
    Steinbeck's close relations with Ricketts ended in 1941 when Steinbeck moved away from Pacific Grove and divorced his wife Carol.
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    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.
  • 1933
    In 1933 Steinbeck published The Red Pony, a 100-page, four-chapter story weaving in memories of Steinbeck's childhood.
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  • 1930
    Between 1930 and 1933, Steinbeck produced three shorter works.
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    Between 1930 and 1936, Steinbeck and Ricketts became close friends.
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    In 1930, Steinbeck met the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, who became a close friend and mentor to Steinbeck during the following decade, teaching him a great deal about philosophy and biology.
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    They married in January 1930 in Los Angeles, where, with friends, he attempted to make money by manufacturing plaster mannequins.
  • 1928
    The elder Steinbecks gave John free housing, paper for his manuscripts, and from 1928, loans that allowed him to write without looking for work.
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    When he failed to publish his work, 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.
  • 1919
    Steinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and went on to study English Literature at Stanford University near Palo Alto, leaving, without a degree, in 1925.
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  • 1902
    Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California.
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