"I never wrote two books alike", once said John Steinbeck (Shaw, 10). That
may be true, but I think that he wrote many of his novels and short stories
based on many of the same views. He often focused on social problems, like the "
haves" verses the "have nots", and made the reader want to encourage the
underdog. Steinbeck's back ground and concern for the common man made him one of
the best writers for human rights.
John Steinbeck was born in Salians, California and spent most of his life
there or around Salians, because of that he often modeled his stories and the
characters around the land he loved and the experiences he encountered. He
lived in Salians until 1919, when he left for Stanford University, he only
enrolled in the courses that pleased him - literature, creative writing and
majoring in Marine Biology. He left in 1925, without a degree. Even though he
didn't graduate his books showed the results of his five years spent there. His
books display a considerable reading of the Greek and Roman historians, and the
medieval and Renaissance fabalists and the biological sciences (Shaw 11). He
then moved to New York and tried his hand as a construction worker and as a
reporter for the American. (Covici , xxxv). Steinbeck then moved back to
California and lived with his wife at Pacific Grove. In 1934, he wrote for the
San Franciso News, he was assigned to write several articles about the 3,000
migrants flooded in at Kings County. The plight of the migrant workers motivated
him to help and document their struggle. The money he earned from the newspaper
allowed him to travel to their home and see why their reason for leaving and
traveled to California with them, sharing in with their hardships (Steinbeck,
127). Because John Steinbeck was able to travel with the Okies, he was able to
accurately portray them and their struggles.
Each book that he wrote had settings in the places where he has either
lived or... [continues]
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