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									John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
Chronicling American dreams destroyed by either injustice or the simple difficulty of the world, John Steinbeck left lasting testaments to the struggles of working people in The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. His refusal to water down his realistic work got some of his books banned – and earned him a Nobel Prize.

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John Steinbeck
Also Known As:
Amnesia Glasscock
Date of Birth:
February 27, 1902
Place of Birth:
Salinas, California
Date of Death:
December 20, 1968
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Studied marine biology at Stanford University, 1919-25
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Grapes of Wrath, 1940; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1962;

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								East of Eden, Author: 
								John Steinbeck.

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East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
In 2003, Oprah Winfrey chose Steinbeck's masterful retelling of the Cain and Abel story as the first selection in her Classics Book Club. "A strange and original work of art," said The New York Times Book Review of Steinbeck's dramatic novel.
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								The Pearl, Author: 
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*  Of Mice and Men (1937)
*  The Red Pony (1937)
*  The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
*  Cannery Row (1945)
*  The Pearl (1948)
*  East of Eden (1952)
*  Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)

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The Masterpiece

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								The Grapes of Wrath, Author: 
								John Steinbeck, Robert J.  Demott.

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The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck, Robert J. Demott
Steinbeck's novel following Oklahoma's Joad family in their flight from the Depression-era Dust Bowl to their promised land of California is an unforgettable depiction of migrant workers' reality and the ability to maintain hope in the bleakest of situations. The author's journal, kept while writing the novel, is a rare glimpse into a writer's torment; his nonfiction articles on the subject reveal his investment in it.

Steinbeck's Legacy

Opposing Views of a Legend

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								Down to a Soundless Sea, Author: 
								Thomas Steinbeck.

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Down to a Soundless Sea
by Thomas Steinbeck
Thomas Steinbeck contributes to the family's literary legacy with this debut collection of short fiction about the settlers of the Monterey Peninsula in the early 20th century. Of the work, author Pat Conroy commented, "If John Steinbeck were my father, I would not have the courage to write a laundry list or a letter to the editor. But Thomas Steinbeck inherited his father’s great love of story. It is a grand thing to have a Steinbeck back in American letters."

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								The Other Side of Eden: Life with John Steinbeck, Author: 
								John Steinbeck IV,  Nancy Sommer Steinbeck.

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The Other Side of Eden: Life with John Steinbeck
by John Steinbeck IV, Nancy Sommer Steinbeck
Steinbeck left deep and lasting impressions -- for better and worse -- on his journalist son, whose unfinished memoir was completed by his wife with her own insights. Contributions from friends and the man himself offer a slightly more nostalgic perspective.

*John Steinbeck, the Good Companion: His Friend Dook's Memoir  by Carlton A. Sheffield
*Conversations with John Steinbeck  by John Steinbeck, Thomas Fensch (Editor)
*Steinbeck Remembered: Interviews with Friends and Acquaintances of John Steinbeck  by Audry Lynch
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