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Steinbeck Background Info. John Steinbeck. 1902-1968 Believed in the political power of fiction and wrote to deliver a message Born in California’s Salinas Valley Worked a variety of jobs in his youth: fruit picker, painter, scientist’s lab assistant, etc. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Steinbeck Background Info

Steinbeck Background InfoJohn Steinbeck1902-1968Believed in the political power of fiction and wrote to deliver a messageBorn in Californias Salinas ValleyWorked a variety of jobs in his youth: fruit picker, painter, scientists lab assistant, etc.Of Mice and Men (1937) was his first literary successWon Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and Nobel in in 1962

Common Characteristics of Steinbecks WritingMost take place in the Salinas ValleyMany works take place in the Great DepressionWorks known as Dust Bowl fictionMostly focuses on the lower classSteinbeck NovelsEast of EdenOf Mice and MenGrapes of WrathCannery RowThe PearlThe Red PonyThe Moon is Down

The Grapes of WrathSteinbeck spent 2 years living and working with OkiesThis experience inspired The Grapes of Wrath, for which he won the Pulitzer Story of a family displaced from the Oklahoma dust bowl who found poverty and exploitation in California, in lieu of the wages and land for which they had hoped

Of Mice and MenConcentrates on two displaced migrant ranch workersAppears in the American Library Associations list of Most Challenged Books of the 21st CenturyBased on To a Mouse by Robert Burns

Quotes from To a MouseThe best laid schemes o mice and men gang aft agley.The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.