John Steinbeck: an American Author

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John Steinbeck: An American Author
John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 and spent most of his years growing up in the Salinas Valley area in California. Much of Steinbeck’s free time was spent working on farms with other immigrant workers. Most of his writings were based on the times he spent working on farms and also about the hard working migrants who resided there too. John Steinbeck soon attended high school and graduated in the year 1919 and attended college at Stanford University. However, Steinbeck dropped out of Stanford because he disliked the life at college. He then decided to move to New York City and worked short-term jobs while trying to live his dream as a writer.

Most of the books that Steinbeck wrote were fiction and they frequently dealt with the times that he spent growing up in the Salinas Valley. However, Steinbeck’s first published book, Cup of Gold, was based on a character named Henry and how he strived to be the most feared pirate amongst all the English. Steinbeck’s first novel wasn’t highly successful because he had a lack of practice and had no experience with pirates and knew very little about the sea. Steinbeck realized that he needed to write about the things that he was familiar with and things that readers could compare themselves too, so he started to write fictional stories about farmers and their life on the farmland.

In the 1930’s Steinbeck lived through the Great Depression and began to write many novels that included Of Mice and Men, In Dubious Battle, and, The Grapes of Wrath. The success of these three books was so astonishing that plays and films were presented after them. However, Steinbeck did not wish to see any of the plays because he thought that the play as it existed in his own mind was perfect and that anything presented on stage would only be a disappointment. In the 1940’s Steinbeck served as a war correspondent for World War II. After the war, he wrote many fictional books about what...
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