Author 's Date Of Birth : 1902

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Micah Koenigsberg
Dr. Wanda White
English 232-83
4 February 2015

Name of Author: John Steinbeck
Author’s Date of Birth: 1902
Authors Date of Death: 1968
What genre of literature did this author typically write: Fiction and non-fiction

Noted literary work: The Grapes of Wrath
Work published: 1939

The Grapes of Wrath is one of John Steinbeck’s most popular novels; it earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 (Lauter). The book is about an Oklahoma farming family who has to travel to California in search of work, food, and money during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Along there journey family members die, people are abounded, and people are exploited (Gale Cengage). When the book was released it caused much commotion because of its brutally honest depiction of the migrant workers in the west. Some people loved the work others hated it. With all the controversy the book became a bestseller.

1. Tortilla Flat (1935)

2. Cannery Row (1945)


Author John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in the Salinas Valley California. He grew up with three sisters, spending time playing by the river and at the family summer cottage near the Monterey Bay. His father John Ernst Steinbeck II was treasurer of Monterey County and his mother, Olive Hamilton Steinbeck, was a teacher (Gale Cengage).
Steinbeck entered Stanford University in 1919. He spent five years, never finishing a degree and eventually dropped out. After Stanford, he moved to New York City and worked a few…
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