John Steinbeck's Greatest Accomplishments

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John Steinbeck, born in 1902 in Salinas California to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck, became one of the greatest American writers of his century. Growing up Steinbeck read vigorously and was fascinated by Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte D’Arthur. It was Malory’s Morte D’Arthur that influenced Steinbeck for the rest of his life. Steinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and attended Stanford University. He took courses in science and particularly became interested in marine biology. Although he studied at Stanford for five years, Steinbeck left without a degree (Bloom). After moving to New York City in 1925 to take a job as a journalist, Steinbeck moved back to California and took to many different dead end jobs before finding…show more content…
The Grapes of Wrath has been translated into nearly every language of the world. The novel has been accepted as a masterpiece of world literature and is considered one of the most enduring works of fiction by an American author. In the past 50 years, The Grapes of Wrath has sold over 14 million copies and it still sells 100,000 paperback copies a year (Pearson). Of all his books, The Grapes of Wrath has given Steinbeck the most popularity as an American author. Although Steinbeck is still known for many more publications, In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes if Wrath were the three novels that both started his career and allowed it to prevail, his books are said to currently sell 2 million copies a year (kinsella). Steinbeck died in New York during the winder of 1968 but his novels are still read all over the country and he is still looked up to as one of the best American Authors. A writer of immense popularity and public recognition during a career, which spanned four decades, John Steinbeck, a writer of the 1930’s, is still perhaps the most representative novelist of that decade and is still widely read and appreciated. Works Cited Bloom, Harold. John Steinbeck. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000. Biography Collection Compete. Web. 5 May 2010.
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