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John Steinbeck Research Paper

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Man of the Impoverished Worker John Steinbeck was, and still is today, one of the most influential writers in American history. His works, such as The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, are influential on the image of the impoverished worker during and shortly before the era of the Great Depression. Steinbeck lived a fascinating life with a variety of influences, and a number of different, successful stylistic works. John Steinbeck was born in February of 1902 in the town of Salinas, California (Millichap). He was an avid reader and writer from a young age, and would attend Salinas Valley High School (Bergquist, Millichap). After high school, he would enroll at Stanford University in 1919 (Newman and Layfield 8). Steinbeck dropped out of school several times, and during those breaks, he worked on ranches such as the ones portrayed in several of his novels. In 1925, he left college and never returned (Millichap).
Steinbeck then went on to New York to pursue a career in writing (Millichap). After failing to find success in New York,
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Having read it myself, Of Mice and Men is an interesting novel that I would recommend about two friends, George and Lennie, and their pursuit of the American dream. The Grapes of Wrath was another successful work. In fact, it was so successful that it earned Steinbeck a Pulitzer Prize for Literature (Newman and Layfield 89). Lastly, East of Eden was also a best selling novel of Steinbeck (Millichap). Many of Steinbeck’s famous novels, such as the ones mentioned, went on to be successful plays and movies as well, and in many of these plays, he would write the script. Also, Steinbeck began writing some nonfiction works after East of Eden, one of which being Travels with Charley, a work that details a three-month trip across the country with his dog
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