John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck

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born
in Salinas Valley, California, The United States
February 27, 1902

died
December 20, 1968

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John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history. This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place.

Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer. Most of his earlier work dealt w
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Tortilla Flat
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More books by John Steinbeck…
“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

“There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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December 2014 Revisit the Shelf Classic

1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 104 pages
 
  44 votes, 26.8%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  19 votes, 11.6%

 
  19 votes, 11.6%

 
  17 votes, 10.4%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.1%

 
  13 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 6.7%

 
  10 votes, 6.1%

1980, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.5%

1811, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 409 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.3%

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