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Date of Birth:
February 27, 1902
Place of Birth:
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;
John Steinbeck's official web site
|The Grapes of Wrath|
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|
|Down to a Soundless Sea|
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."
|The Other Side of Eden: Life with John Steinbeck|
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.
|Photo Courtesy National Steinbeck Center||