Brief Biography of John Steinbeck Essay

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Brief Biography of John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck lead a life filled with words, from his award winning novels to the hundreds letters he wrote to friends during his career. He was born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902, and lived there for the first sixteen years of his life until he graduated from Salinas High School in 1918. He took classes at Stanford, but spent more of his college years working to pay tuition than then he spent in the classroom. 1924 brought his first publication, two short stories in the Standford Spectator, but in 1925 he left his schooling and went to New York for a time. By 1926, he was back in California and his first book, Cup of Gold, was published the year the of great stock market crash, but had
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Screen adaption of his work earned 29 Academy Award nominations and 4 Academy Awards.

Steinbeck's writing was characterized by several major factors. First, he often wrote about the poor, common people and often included social commentary into his works. There were many layers of meaning in his works, and he used symbolism heavily. He tried to "tell things like they were" and didn't censor out curse words or base talk for the ladies in the tea rooms. A lot of times when he wrote, he directed the fiction to one specific person, a friend or companion, to give it more focus.

He published four more books in the next two years; however, his personal life was plagued with problems. He divorced his wife Carol in 1942 and married Gwyndolyn Conger the next year. In 1943, he spent time as a war correspondent in Europe for the Herald Tribune, and the year 1944 brought the birth of his first son, Thom. By 1948 when he separated from Gwyndolyn, he would have another son John, two more films, six more books, and a King Haakon Liberty Cross to his name. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1948.

1950 brought him a new book, Burning Bright, and a new wife, Elaine Scott. He also began work on a book he claimed was something he had been practicing for since he started writing. This book was East of Eden, and was published in 1952, the same year his film Viva Zapata! was released. By 1955, Steinbeck was doing
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