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Author Introduction John Steinbeck. Author Introduction John Steinbeck John Steinbeck is considered one of the greatest American writers of all time

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John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

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John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck John Steinbeck is considered John Steinbeck is considered

one of the greatest American one of the greatest American writers of all time.writers of all time. Brilliantly captured the strength Brilliantly captured the strength

and determination of the human and determination of the human spirit.spirit.

Steinbeck grew up in Salinas, Steinbeck grew up in Salinas, California – in the agricultural California – in the agricultural section.section.

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John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck Salinas became the setting of Salinas became the setting of

many Steinbeck novels.many Steinbeck novels.

At age 14, he decided to become At age 14, he decided to become a writer.a writer.

Attended Stanford University, Attended Stanford University, but never finished.but never finished.

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John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck Steinbeck wrote his first novel, Steinbeck wrote his first novel,

Cup of GoldCup of Gold, in 1929 after , in 1929 after returning to California.returning to California.

He was often able to capture the He was often able to capture the realistic side of human life that realistic side of human life that he witnessed firsthand in he witnessed firsthand in Salinas.Salinas.

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John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men was nominated was nominated

for the Pulitzer Prize, but for the Pulitzer Prize, but The The Grapes of WrathGrapes of Wrath won it in 1940. won it in 1940.

After a rocky marriage, After a rocky marriage, Steinbeck hit the road to travel, Steinbeck hit the road to travel, which inspired a few of his which inspired a few of his novels.novels.

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John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

The Nobel Prize in Literature The Nobel Prize in Literature 1962 was awarded to John 1962 was awarded to John Steinbeck Steinbeck "for his realistic and "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”and keen social perception”..11

11 "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1962". "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1962". Nobelprize.org.Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 3 Dec 2013. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 3 Dec 2013. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/><http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/>

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John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck Steinbeck died in New York, Steinbeck died in New York,

December 20December 20thth, 1968, at the age , 1968, at the age of 66.of 66.

Steinbeck’s ability to capture Steinbeck’s ability to capture deep issues of human existence deep issues of human existence made his novels a powerful made his novels a powerful platform for social and political platform for social and political issuesissues