New York, New York American writer John Steinbeck, American author and winner of the Nobel Prize inwas a leading writer of novels about the working class and was a major spokesman for the victims of the Great Depression a downturn in the American system of producing, distributing, and using goods and services in the s, and during which time millions of people lost their jobs. His father was a bookkeeper and accountant who served for many years as the treasurer of Monterey County, California. Steinbeck received his love of literature from his mother, who was interested in the arts. His favorite book, and a main influence on his writing, was Sir Thomas Malory's c.
Biography Biography InSalinas, Steinbeck bibliography was a prosperous farming community, founded about fifty years earlier. Only fifteen miles from the Pacific, the mile long Salinas Valley was cool and often foggy, temperatures moderate, and the soil rich beyond measure.
Ranchers and farmers thrived. By the time Steinbeck bibliography went to college inthe valley was about to ship lettuce across America in refrigerated railroad cars. John Steinbeck was born in Salinas inin a stately home on Central Ave now open as a popular luncheon spot.
During his childhood, Salinas had a population of aboutwas the county seat of Monterey County, and a trading and shipping center for the lower Salinas Valley. A strong sense of place is evident in his fiction: I can see how I would like to do it so that it would be the valley of the world. In fact, Steinbeck would grow up to tell stories that many area Salinas Valley ranchers and farmers would rather not be told—embedded in his novels was Salinas gossip; his characters were often lonely, misunderstood farmers and ranchers; and in his books, dreams of ordinary workers are dashed—his books tell of failed dreams of land ownership in California.
The Grapes of Wrath, his signature novel, published intraces the journey of the Joad family from Oklahoma to California, where they find not the fabled land of their dreams but a place with few jobs, low wages, and inadequate worker housing.
That position did not make him a popular figure in his hometown of Salinas. The National Steinbeck Center, a museum and cultural center in downtown Salinas, pays tribute to his life and lasting impact on American letters and on American identity.
The Steinbeck museum explores his ecological vision, his commitment to social engagement, and his many stories about the working class—all of which insure his work is deeply relevant today. He was a restless and curious child. Steinbeck purchased failed to prosper. Only when young Steinbeck was in college did the family fortunes stabilize and Mr.
Steinbeck became Monterey county treasurer. John was a reader. In the late s he and his third wife, Elaine, traveled to England and Wales to research Arthurian legends in preparation for a modernized text of the Arthurian tales.
During high school, Steinbeck would work late into the night in his attic room in Salinas and sometimes invited friends to his room to hear his stories:: I was scared to death to get a rejection slip, but more, to get an acceptance. Steinbeck wrote for his high school newspaper. By age 14, he knew he wanted to be a writer and never abandoned that calling.
InSteinbeck enrolled at Stanford University, hoping to sharpen his writing skills.Susan Shillinglaw is professor of English at San Jose State, former director of the SJSU Steinbeck Center, Scholar in Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, and author of the.
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John Steinbeck was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. His father was County Treasurer and his mother, a former schoolteacher.
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