Steinbeck: Annotated Bibliography

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"Steinbeck Center." Steinbeck Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2012. This website is a resource for “readers, students, teachers, and scholars of John Steinbeck.” If someone were to be interested in the life of John Steinbeck, this website for The Center for Steinbeck Studies is a great place to start. It is fully equipped with information about Steinbeck’s background, his literary works, pictures of him and interesting facts. This is a great place to research general background information on John Steinbeck. "National Steinbeck Center." Welcome Home ::. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2012. The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California hosts this website. Not only does this website offer valuable information about Steinbeck, his life and his work, but it also gives great historical background on Salinas Valley; the place which we know Steinbeck held close to his heart. By giving information and history on the Valley itself along with the people who live there, Steinbeck’s readers can feel a deeper connection and have a better understanding with the people that he often times writes about in his novels. Shockley, Martin Staples. "The Reception of The Grapes of Wrath in Oklahoma." American Literature. Duke University Press. 1944.

This article navigates the critical attitudes towards Steinbeck’s famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath. It is also very useful when trying to understand the social views on the commonly portrayed characters in Steinbeck’s work. This novel was not well received when it was first published. Many critics thought it was unbelievable and completely sensationalized. The article explains how many minds were changed once Steinbeck won the Noble Peace prize. This would be a great article for someone who is interested in both learning more about Steinbeck’s work, as well as for someone who is interested in the critiques of The Grapes of Wrath. Stephan, Ed. John Steinbeck: The California Novels. Western Washington...
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