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Salinas 27 Feb. 1902 - New York 20 Dec. 1968 • American prose writer
|John Steinbeck's groundbreaking and often controversial work, with its eye on the common people, earned him both high praise and sharp criticism. In addition to his novels, Steinbeck produced newspaper and travel articles, short stories, plays, and film scripts.
Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck spent much of his life in surrounding Monterey county, the setting for some of his books. His experience as a young man working menial jobs, including as a farm laborer, ranch hand, and factory worker, was transformed into descriptions of the lives of his working-class characters. After attending Stanford University intermittently for six years, Steinbeck traveled by freighter to New York, where he worked briefly as a journalist before returning to California.
His first novel, Cup of Gold, appeared in 1929, but it was Tortilla Flat (1935), his picaresque tale of Monterey's paisanos, that first brought Steinbeck serious recognition. Of Mice and Men (1937) was also well received. The Grapes of Wrath
| (1939), a book many claim is his masterpiece, was both critically acclaimed and denounced for its strong language and apparent leftist politics. Always shunning publicity, Steinbeck headed for Mexico in 1940, where he made The Forgotten Village, a documentary film about conditions in rural Mexico. He spent the war years as a correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, for which he later toured the Soviet Union in 1947; he also wrote the novel The Moon Is Down (1942), about Norwegian resistance to the Nazis.
Steinbeck's other notable works of fiction include The Pearl (1947), East of Eden (1952), and The Winter of Our Discontent (1961). He also wrote a memoir of a cross-country trip with his poodle, Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962). Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He died in New York in 1968. His work stands as testament to his commitment to "celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit." (from: www.penguinputnam.com)
|ON STEINBECK'S BOOKSHELF|
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy, 1891
40 different authors, ca. 1450 B.C. - ca. 95 A.D.
Charles Dickens, 1854
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain, 1884-1885
Frank Norris, 1901
|BOOKS BY JOHN STEINBECK:|
The Grapes of Wrath
Set against the background of Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, this novel tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel West in search of the promised land.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER THE GRAPES OF WRATH?|
'J'ACCUSE': NOVELS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE
Max Havelaar or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852
Émile Zola, 1885
Louis Paul Boon, 1971
The Duck Hunt
Hugo Claus, 1958
As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner, 1930
The Happy Hunting Grounds
Nanne Tepper, 1995
A Thousand Acres
Jane Smiley, 1991
[Pour vos cadeaux]
Jean Rouaud, 1998
(E.) Annie Proulx, 1999
THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
Upton Sinclair, 1906
The Tortilla Curtain
T.C. Boyle, 1995
|Of Mice and Men|
|East of Eden|
Adam, Cain and Abel in the promised land of California.
Peopled by stereotypical good-natured bums and warm-hearted prostitutes living on the fringes of Monterey, Calif., this picaresque novel celebrates lowlifes who are poor but happy.
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