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Of Mice and Men

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  • ISBN-13: 9780881030372
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 107
  • Sales rank: 510,667
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.


John Ernst Steinbeck, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, was born in Salinas, California February 27, 1902. His father, John Steinbeck, served as Monterey County Treasurer for many years. His mother, Olive Hamilton, was a former schoolteacher who developed in him a love of literature. Young Steinbeck came to know the Salinas Valley well, working as a hired hand on nearby ranches in Monterey County. In 1919, he graduated from Salinas High School as president of his class and entered Stanford University majoring in English. Stanford did not claim his undivided attention. During this time he attended only sporadically while working at a variety jobs including on with the Big Sur highway project, and one at Spreckels Sugar Company near Salinas.

Steinbeck left Stanford permanently in 1925 to pursue a career in writing in New York City. He was unsuccessful and returned, disappointed, to California the following year. Though his first novel, Cup of Gold, was published in 1929, it attracted little literary attention. Two subsequent novels, The Pastures of Heaven and To A God Unknown, met the same fate.

After moving to the Monterey Peninsula in 1930, Steinbeck and his new wife, Carol Henning, made their home in Pacific Grove. Here, not far from famed Cannery Row, heart of the California sardine industry, Steinbeck found material he would later use for two more works, Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row.

With Tortilla Flat (1935), Steinbeck's career took a decidedly positive turn, receiving the California Commonwealth Club's Gold Medal. He felt encouraged to continue writing, relying on extensive research and personal observation of the human drama for his stories. In 1937, Of Mice and Men was published. Two years later, the novel was produced on Broadway and made into a movie. In 1940, Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Grapes of Wrath, bringing to public attention the plight of dispossessed farmers.

After Steinbeck and Henning divorced in 1942, he married Gwyndolyn Conger. The couple moved to New York City and had two sons, Thomas and two years later, John. During the war years, Steinbeck served as a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. Some of his dispatches reappeared in Once There Was A War. In 1945, Steinbeck published Cannery Row and continued to write prolifically, producing plays, short stories and film scripts. In 1950, he married Elaine Anderson Scott and they remained together until his death.

Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 "...for his realistic as well as imaginative writings, distinguished by a sympathetic humor and keen social perception.." In his acceptance speech, Steinbeck summarized what he sought to achieve through his works:

"...Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it and it has not changed except to become more needed. The skalds, the bards, the writers are not separate and exclusive. From the beginning, their functions, their duties, their responsibilities have been decreed by our species...Further more, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity of greatness of heart and spirit—gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and emulation. I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature..."

Steinbeck remained a private person, shunning publicity and moving frequently in his search for privacy. He died on December 20, 1968 in New York City, where he and his family made a home. But his final resting place was the valley he had written about with such passion. At his request, his ashes were interred in the Garden of Memories cemetery in Salinas. He is survived by his son, Thomas.

Author biography courtesy of the National Steinbeck Center.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Amnesia Glasscock
      John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (full name); Amnesia Glasscock
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 27, 1902
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salinas, California
    1. Date of Death:
      December 20, 1968
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

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    Instant Classic

    This book is an instant classic in my eyes and will never die down because this is a book that can keep anybody of any age and of any IQ reading it over and over, i know it did that to me. this is one book i would always want to have around because its a short read ( 100 or so pages ) that will captivate you in many ways.

    20 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    Great Classic

    I had to read this book for my tenth grade English class. Generally I do not like stories that take place back in the day. However, I LOVED this novel. Maybe it was because it is so well known around the world. John Steinbeck created such amazing characters, and the events that occurred always kept me at the edge of my seat. I hated when the bell rang because I knew I would have to wait until the next day in class to see what would happen. Everyone should read this at some point. The movie was just as great, also!

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

    Of Mice and Men

    Set in the 1930s, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men depicts the nomadic lives of George Milton and Lennie Small. The two men travel together, but are as different as can be. George is a small, intelligent man, while Lennie is an incredibly large man with the intellect of a child. Though the two are complete opposites, they are each other's family. This tale encompasses the thematic ideas of everlasting friendship as well as the unreachable American Dream. Steinbeck is able to integrate these topics brilliantly into a single novel, one that the reader will not put down until it is completed. The timeless themes within this book and the way they are presented are what truly sets it apart from any other cliché Western novel. Not only do George and Lennie, the protagonists of the novel, seek an undying friendship, but the other men working on the ranch, long for that same companionship. They all crave the brotherhood that results in fidelity to one another and an unspoken bond that can never be broken. Steinbeck flawlessly portrays his characters as they search for this ideal friendship. The author also successfully illustrates the unfeasibility of the American Dream. The reader is made aware throughout the book that almost every character has once envisioned themselves living an alternate life; one filled with absolute contentment and complete serenity. The fact that not a single character has attained their dream shows that the idealized American Dream is impossible to truly achieve. John Steinbeck does a phenomenal job in displaying the ambition and certainty that the characters possessed towards reaching their variation of the Dream, as well as the hopelessness and gloom they experience upon realizing the impossibility of it. The desires that John Steinbeck so eloquently incorporates into Of Mice and Men are timeless and easily relatable. Any reader can feel instantly connected to the characters and their struggles. This remarkable novel leaves the reader utterly captivated and with a sense that hopes and dreams may not be all that you can count on to get you through in life.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2009

    Great book

    love this book, it was highly recommended for me by my brother and all my teachers. It is a classic and i was happy to add it to my book shelf. it now holds a place in my heart. Currently, i am making all my friends read it and of the few who I've made read it so far, they absolutely loved it. It is a fantastic book i reccomened it to everyone.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    One of the best books I've ever read

    John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" was stimulating to say the least. The plot was strong, the characters were interesting, and the writing styles of John Steinbeck never let me down. When I started, I didn't get up until I was done. The book may have been only about one hundred pages, but I was sucked in as soon as I started
    The story begins with two weary travelers walking down an old path to a watering hole. George and Lorraine, as you soon learn they are called, are talking about a future that they have been working towards. They want to buy a small house in the country where they can live off the fat of the land, raising animals and growing crops. The two men could be called opposites, but they are working together for their goal. George was described as a small quick witted man, while Lorraine was massive and gentle, but mildly retarded.
    Lorraine and George work at a ranch down in California for a while. Their goal in the story would be accomplished in a few short weeks, but an accidental murder by Lorraine stops them in their tracks. From there everything goes downhill, in an epic ending that is a real heart throb.
    After I finished "Of Mice And Men" I felt melancholy to say the least. I locked myself up in my room, and listened to really depressing music for awhile. It was a very sad ending, but I'm still very glad I read it. John Steinbeck is an author matched by no other, with descriptions and plots untouched by any.
    I would suggest "Of Mice and Men" to anyone. Along with all other of Steinbeck's works, it is a truly epic tale. Although it is similar to Steinbeck's other writings, "Of Mice and Men" is a bit more interesting and has a good fast pace. One of the best books I've ever read can be said with ease.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    Horrible, not recommended

    I found this to be one of the worst books I've ever read. I wouldn't have read it at all if it hadn't been for school. The language is horrible, pertaining to swearing and the way the people talk. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    7 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    GREAT BOOK (possibly the greatest book of all time)

    John Steinbeck has really outdone himself with this masterpiece. He portrays how misunderstanding people can be at times. He shows the true meaning of companionship within these two characters. They remain friends through the thick and thin as if they were brothers. I strongly urge you to buy this masterpiece.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

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    A tragic play, but with long scene descriptions

    I was not very impressed by this book. The story was simple, the characters sympathetic and, but for a few exceptions, well drawn out, and the final twist of events was emotionaly impactive. But that's about all I can say that's good about this book. The writing style was flat, textureless, and has about as much personality as the clean white paper it was printed on. Each chapter was very forumlaic, opening with a studied description of a new pastoral setting. From then on, the book read almost like a play, with very little other than dialogue to give the story atmosphere and character. I understand that Steinbeck was trying to create a simplistic style the impact of which was its starkness and its terseness. But I believe him to have erred too far to this direction in his attempt. While the story was good, there was little character to the writing. This is not something I would read again, and I probably would not return to Steinbeck for pleasure.

    6 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Very good

    I had to read this for home work but i enjoyed this book

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is about tw

    John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is about two men; George Milton and Lennie Small who have gotten themselves ran out of town and have an idea in what they can do with their lives. This whole book is an adventure. Steinbeck uses “interesting” words but I was able to follow along with the book. Anyone who is a teen or older will enjoy the book. The only thing I didn’t understand sometimes is what the characters were saying at moments because they speak with a “country” vocabulary. Otherwise it was a short, fun, easy read. Good things about the book were that the whole book was enjoyable, adventurous, and kept you going. The book worked well for me because it was fast and easy, enjoyable, I didn’t have to read it for a month, (I like to read a book in a short period of time), and it is a great classic. The ending of the book did make me question it but the rest was fantastic. Even though ten dollars is a lot for only one-hundred-seven pages, it was worth it. If you are thinking of getting John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” you should do it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012


    Im tired...*yawns* goodnight! *curls up in SUPER cozy nest*

    5 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    More Men Not Mice This book is a tale of two unlikely partners o

    More Men Not Mice
    This book is a tale of two unlikely partners on a journey to achieve that near dream. This book starts with these two men traveling to a shady brush to sleep. You then discover that they are going to work on a ranch. As they are trying to save money for their own little patch of heaven. “We’ll live off of the fatta the land” describes George in one chapter. As they plan to make money off of this ranch job, they meet a cast of misfit characters. There is the Bosses son and wife, who do not exactly roll out the welcome wagon. The cattle Slicker, who be-friends the pair, knows the ropes of the ranch. And the two older men, one of color and the other without a hand, are among the characters. Both are not as open. However, the older gentleman with one hand wants in on Lennie and George’s land. Steinbeck does a phenomenal job of revealing key details one at a time. This tactic helps builds suspense through the entire book. Jon Steinbeck ends with a riveting and jaw dropping twist that will leave readers wanting more, and may leave some in tears. There is George who is shorter, and he is the man with the plan. George has the brains of the pair. What he lacks in height he makes for in tolerance. For Lennie his partner and best friend is not the brightest apple on the tree. Lennie is very large and in charge as well. Although Lennie may not be all there his intensions are innocent. One of the many things I enjoyed in this book is Steinbeck’s ability to jerk my heart strings. Any time Lennie discusses holding, and feeding the rabbits it makes you feel the childish giddiness he is displaying. On top of that Jon Steinbeck has great use of imagery. How he describes how the characters look and walk and talk paints a self-portrait of each. The one downfall this book was entitled to was the style in which it was written. It can be difficult to understand what they are trying to say. This book, among many other classics written by Jon Steinbeck, is very worth your while. This book helped me view what it might be like to be the little guy back then. Instead of the riches I saw rags and felt bad for what they were put through, and what they had to put up with. Some of Steinbeck’s other great works I would recommend are the Grapes of Wrath, and The Red Pony. Both are very well written, and are very enjoyable as a leisurely read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012


    I had to read this book @ my school in 7th grade. This book is very touching. I love love love the foreshadowing in this book. The language the characters use, is a bit much but, when I read it I just skipped the profanity. This book is very imsightful. A must read for ages 11 and up.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    short,but good book

    I thought this book was very short and easy, that is one reason why I picked it. The second reason was because my mom said it was a great book. This book was only 107 pages, so it did not take very long to read it all. I like "old timey" books. I think they are more interesting and its fun to find what it was like back then. Lennie and George are the main characters in this book. They move around a lot, because Lennie always gets himself in trouble. The setting takes place in Califonia. When they finally find a place to stay, some one starts trouble with Lennie. George always tells Lennie be quiet and go with the flow. Lennie is big and strong like a bull. On the other hand, George is short and stubby, with a darker face. George and Lennie had a dream of starting their own ranch, if only Lennie was good. Like I said before, this book was very short. And I thought it would be easy but it was not. I could not understand some of the language and words. It was very colloquil.I have never read a book by John Steinback, so I can't really say it was my favorite book by him, But so far this was a great book. Over all, I thought this book was a great book. I would recommend this book yo people who like " old timey" books as well as I do. Also for teens about my age.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013


    Written by Steinbeck. Does it need any more explanation to why it is great?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Amazing book

    I'm entering 9th grade and this is an amazing yet depressing piece of literature. It starts out so hopeful, but at the end you realizes that everything is all crashing down. The ending was especially sad. Prepare to cry if you like the characters. On completely un related note, does anyone else find typin in a Nook is really hard? I wonder hiw reviewd with good grammar and spelling sre typed lol.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    depressing and sypethetic

    There are two farmers, George and Lennie, whom are following their dreams.George and Lennie travel across the country by foot to follow their dreams. They need to find work, so they land on a farm to work. George looks after Lennie because he has a mental illness and acts like a 5 year old. He is a very nice man. There are many reasons they left town, read it to find out. They are very strong men to have traveled so far. They are almost like brothers. George definitely has to be strong to be able to take care of Lennie and the hardships they encounter throughout the novel.The hardships Lennie and George encounter are realizations of life. No matter what happens to any of us, time keeps turning. It is a sad novel, but describes thoughtfulness from George to Lennie throughout the book. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    One of my favorite books, tied with or maybe even better than my favorite, In Dubious Battle

    I especially like the ending, which is sad but a cruelly realistic decision

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    It was alright - Not the best book i ever read

    John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men was one of the worst books i have read to date. I had to read it for my English class. It was interesting at times but when it wasn't interesting i found my myself thinking about what my schedule for school was the next day. The non interesting parts outweighed the interesting parts so much, (in my opinion) I probably will never read another John Steinbeck book again. It started off pretty solid and I thought I was going to like it but in the last few chapters it was just awful. plus how George kills Lennie at the end just put the cherry on top of one of the worst books i have ever read.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

    Left me feeling melancholy, but in a good way

    Of Mice and Men follows the journey of two friends, George and Lennie, as they attempt to fulfill their American dream of owning their own land. George and Lennie work as temporary farmhands who move from ranch to ranch as they look for work. Lennie, who is not intelligent, sometimes complicates the process by getting them into trouble, but rather than abandon him, George sticks up for him and protects him. Just when George and Lennie are the closest they've ever been, a tragedy interrupts their plans. You'll have to read the book to find out what it is!

    I have read Steinbeck before and so am familiar with his writing style, but this book is one of my favorites. Steinbeck has an ability to capture a grand story in a short book, something I admire very much. Again, this book is a very short read and a great introduction for the beginning classics reader and a great break for the practiced one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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