John Steinbeck Background and Beliefs. John Ernst Steinbeck

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  • John SteinbeckBackground and Beliefs

  • John Ernst Steinbeck

  • 1902-1968Born in Salinas, CAMajor Works: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)Of Mice and Men (1937)Long friendship with Ed Ricketts, biologistPulitzer Prize winner (1939) Nobel Prize winner (1962)Still considered a major American artist

  • The Salinas Valley

  • The Monterey Bay

  • Cannery Row in Monterey Bay

  • Steinbecks First Novel

  • -- from his journalIn every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.-

  • Steinbeck and God

  • Steinbeck was not religiousThe proofs that God does not exist are very strong, but in lots of people they are not as strong as the feeling that He does.

    Only God sees the sparrow fall, but even God doesn't do anything about it.The Winter of Our Discontent

  • Steinbeck and Politics

  • I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments. Travels with Charley

    And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.

  • And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.

  • -- East of EdenAnd this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.

  • Steinbeck and the Powerless

  • -- The Grapes of Wrath

    If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones. -

  • -- The Grapes of Wrath

    She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall. -

  • -- East of Eden

    My father said she was a strong woman, and I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is almost indestructible. -

  • Steinbecks Legacy-- The only American writer with a center named after him

  • -- East of Eden

    But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed -