See Article History Alternative Title: He received the Nobel Prize for Literature for Steinbeck attended Stanford UniversityStanford, California, intermittently between and but did not take a degree.
His father was of German origin and was variously a bookkeeper, accountant, and manager, and he eventually became the treasurer of Monterey County.
The elder Steinbeck was an avid gardener throughout his life, his son would always have to have a garden wherever he lived and a somewhat introspective man.
The later dichotomies observed in Steinbeck, between the Steinbeck bibliography and the hardheaded naturalist, between the dreamer and the masculine tough guy, may be partly accounted for by inheritance from the Irish and German strains of his parents.
The young Steinbeck had a local reputation as a loner and a bit of a dreamer. This last would remain an influence throughout his life, with many of his stories displaying Arthurian parallels and influences; the work which occupied much of his time in the last years of his life was a translation or redaction of the Arthurian stories, unfinished at his death.
Steinbeck bibliography grew to be a tall, gangly youth with broad shoulders, a barrel chest, and a large head. He early developed a fondness for words and a passion for language that was never to leave him.
He was independent-minded, not to say stubborn, and as a freshman in high school determined to be a writer. He was graduated from high school inat best an average student and athlete.
For the next six years, he attended Stanford University on and off but never took a degree. As in high school, he took what interested him and cared little for other courses, even if required; the courses he took were those he thought would help him in his writing.
During his many vacations from Stanford Steinbeck worked for the local sugar company in the field and in the office; he also worked on ranches, on a dredging crew, and in the beet harvest. He came to know well the Mexican-American workers alongside whom he labored.
He rather enjoyed working with his hands and was certainly throughout his life never afraid of hard work; he also became a notable handyman and maker of gadgets.
After leaving Stanford for good inhe worked sporadically during the next three years at a lodge in the High Sierra near Lake Tahoe as a caretaker and handyman.
The job gave him much time, especially in the winter, for writing. Steinbeck briefly sought his fortune in New York, where he worked on construction and as a cub reporter.
He returned to California in the summer of Since his early years in high school, Steinbeck had been writing. Byhis apprenticeship could be said to be over: Ricketts, who was to have a notable effect upon the ideas and content of his further work.
The publication of Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown increased his critical reputation in narrow circles but did little for his finances or fame.
Finally, the publication of Tortilla Flat made the breakthrough; the book was a best-seller and brought Steinbeck fame and money. Though Steinbeck complained about lack of money for the rest of his career, after this date he was never in any financial distress.
This book was the first full-length presentation of those themes and characters that have come to be particularly associated with Steinbeck. He turned away from the mythic and legendary materials of Cup of Gold and To a God Unknown and dealt with contemporary issues, especially the plight of the socially and economically dispossessed.
Steinbeck had earlier been interested, if only haphazardly, in natural science. His naturalistic view of men, especially in groups, was at least reinforced by his friendship with Ricketts. Ricketts was an exponent of nonteleological thinking seeing what is rather than what might be, should be, or could be.
The most straightforward presentation of such views may be found in The Log from the Sea of Cortezby both Steinbeck and Ricketts. The book provides the philosophical and organizational background for a tidepool collecting and survey trip taken by Ricketts and Steinbeck in in the Gulf of California.
He served for a few months as a war correspondent in Europe, was divorced inand married Gwyndolen Conger in He moved to New York and for the remainder of his life traveled frequently with New York as a base.
Biography. Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center. In , Salinas, California was a prosperous farming community, founded about fifty years earlier. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John lausannecongress2018.comhed in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.. Steinbeck based the novella on his own . John Steinbeck (), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in when he published Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.
During these years he also spent much of his time writing film scripts and stage plays based on his works. As much as any other American novelist, Steinbeck was attracted to and involved in the stage and the cinema.This year 12 new laureates have been awarded for achievements that have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.
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Steinbeck based the novella on his own . 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.
John Steinbeck Biography - John Ernst Steinbeck (February 27, - December 20, ) was one of the most famous American novelists of the 20th century.
John Steinbeck was an American novelist whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, portrayed the plight of migrant workers during the Great Depression.