John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck

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

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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“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
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“There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.”
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Note: We will not have a poll for February, as we will be reading a special book in honor of Black History Month...The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

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