Of Mice And Men Modernism

1619 WordsOct 26, 20177 Pages
One of John Steinbeck’s early drafts of his most famous work, Of Mice and Men, was eaten by his dog. This did not discourage him from finishing it and going on to write more stories and novellas, becoming one of America’s most beloved authors. John Steinbeck is seen as a very important important figure of the Modernist literary period; known for his observations of human conditions during the Dust Bowl era, mainly his book Of Mice and Men which truly takes a detailed look at the Great Depression in America, and is a great example of Modernism. John Ernst Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, California. Steinbeck was the only son to John Ernst Steinbeck Sr. and Olive Hamilton. His father was an accountant while his mother leaned more…show more content…
This segwayed into Dust Bowl fiction, where he went on to write Grapes of Wrath, some say his greatest work, which at its peak, sold 10,000 copies a week. (https://www.biography.com/people/john-steinbeck-9493358). The story “summed up the bitterness of the Great Depression,” and defined his modernist and straightforward writing style. (Britannica, 11th Edition Page 240). It also raised widespread sympathy for migratory farm workers and was a best seller. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck). He then went on to write Of Mice and Men, his critically acclaimed novella. John Steinbeck had many influences that helped him write his stories. The work he did as a young man was a big one, as well as the manual labor he did to support himself during his time in college. The sugared beet farm truly made him realize the horrible life that the migrant workers had, as well as giving him plenty of time to advance and explore his writing in the laboratory of the farm. Another very large influencer in his life was Edward Ricketts. He was a great friend to Steinbeck and he collaborated on writing Sea of Cortez. Edward Ricketts was a marine biologist and John Steinbeck joined him on a trip to Mexico to collect marine life. (Britannica, 11th Edition Page 240). Steinbeck adopted many of Ricketts views on life and
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