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  • Steinbeck's First Published Book
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    An American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., b. Salinas, Calif., Feb. 27, 1902, d. Dec. 20, 1968, based most of his novels on the American experience, often with sympathetic focus on the poor, the eccentric, or the dispossessed. Early Life and Works Steinbeck grew up in Salinas Valley, a rich agricultural area of Monterey County and the setting of many of his works, where he learned firsthand of the difficulties of farm laborers. From 1919 to 1...
  • Steinbeck's Book The Grapes Of Wrath
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    ECON 115 26 May 2000 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck's book The Grapes of Wrath depicts the sufferings of a southwestern family of poor tenant farmers who migrate to California in hopes of finding prosperity, but sadly only find poverty and despair there. The book portrays the transition the Joad family experiences as they become migrant laborers under the command of the rich. A change in their concept of family and in their personal roles is brought about by their predicament. However, the f...
  • Novel Tortilla Flat 7 Religion
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    TORTILLA FLAT by John Steinbeck Henry James wrote that the novel is to be experienced-therefore the reader must completely understand what happens in it. You should appropriate comparisons, contrasts, draw analogies of what is in the novel and one's own experience. While the elements of fiction are important in isolated ways, relating the parts is most important. A novel should show, "a direct, personal impression of life". The form of the novel is so free, so liable to variation, so open to inn...
  • Steinbeck's Intention In The Grapes Of Wrath
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    Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men: Character Study The American Novelist, John Steinbeck was a powerful writer of dramatic stories about good versus bad. His own views on writing were that not only should a writer make the story sound good but also the story written should teach a lesson. In fact, Steinbeck focused many of his novels, not on average literary themes rather he tended to relay messages about the many hard truths of life in The United States. Upon winning the Nobel Peace Prize in ...
  • Grapes Of Wrath The Great Depression
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    In the presence of such power, such observation, such compassion, such humor, it seems almost ungrateful to make reservation to ask that what is so good should be even better of Steinbeck's books. Its just amazing how he can take a classic tragedy and turn it into a top selling novel. He can define them so deeply and amusingly. The first time I picked up Mice of Men I couldn't put it down. Then I read Grapes of Wrath. He made me feel like I was right in the action when it happened. But the sad t...
  • 1 Steinbeck's First Novel
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    John Ernst Steinbeck was an American author, famous for his novels concerning the poor and the oppressed Californian farmers and laborers of the 1930's and 1940's, who were victimized by industry and finance. His most famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath, won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize. His main themes involved the struggles of the poor and the oppressed to survive in modern society, and the confrontation between man and his destiny. 1 Steinbeck wrote 17 novels, numerous short stories, several plays, ...
  • Lennie And George
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    John Steinbeck was a writer who used naturalism in his works to to bring awareness about problems in society that he dealt with in his own life. He frequently dealt with the economic and social problems of migrant workers in California and how they dealt with everyday life. He wrote through his fiction about what he knew and what affected him personally. Specifically, he wrote a novella entitled, Of Mice and Men, about two California migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, who are tryin...
  • Outstanding Writing Style Of Author John Steinbeck
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    The novel The Grapes of Wrath is in many ways a one-of-a-kind piece of literature. This work is set up unlike any other book, written in a series of chapters and inter-chapters, which do a amazing job of informing the reader of the travels the characters in the book are going through. Not only does the story focus on the problems one family goes through, but explains the problem is happening to many more people than the story focus's on. Steinbeck does not leave out a single detail about the Joa...
  • Good Time Cannery Row
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    Cannery Row is a relatively simple novel with basically little or no plot to it. Many critics are quick to call the novel trivial and second rate as compared with Steinbeck's other works. However this book shows Steinbeck's renewed interest in the comic portrayal of the basic, uncomplicated lifestyles of the working class. Steinbeck incorporates a few themes into the novel such as failure and historical themes like the depression era. The book is overall optimistic, but Steinbeck takes some off ...
  • Steinbeck's Novels
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    A Brief Biography of John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck (1902-1968), born in Salinas, California, came from a family of moderate means. He worked his way through college at Stanford University but never graduated. In 1925 he went to New York, where he tried for a few years to establish himself as a free-lance writer, but he failed and returned to California. After publishing some novels and short stories, Steinbeck's novels can all be classified as social novels dealing with the economic problems of...
  • Symbolic Of Nature And Man
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    Grapes of Wrath Author: John Steinbeck, Robert De mott (Introduction). Penguin USA; New York. Reissued Edition (Oct. 1992). 619 Pages. Reviewed By: Kevin Kearney, 2001 April 22. Reviewed For: Professor George Browne. Kearney 1 The Grapes of Wrath is a novel by John Steinbeck that exposes the desperate conditions under which the migratory farming families of America during the 1930's lived, through a personal approach and heavy symbolism. The novel tells of one family's migration west to Californ...
  • American Dream John Steinbeck
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    The American Dream John Steinbeck, author of many classic American novels, greatly influenced modern American literature. Steinbeck often referred to the Salinas Valley of California in his writing. He often referred to the settlers and the adversities they had faced during the migration to the Salinas Valley area. With novels such as Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath, Steinbeck explained the harsh reality of the severe hardships the settlers faced to accomplish the American Dream. These n...
  • Prejudice On Many Levels In Gender
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    Prejudice in Of Mice and Men Novel by John Steinbeck In the past and present there have been many divisions of people for many reasons. Examples of this prejudice include discrimination against women who wanted equal rights, including the right to vote. It also includes discrimination against African Americans and believe it or not, the Elderly. In John Steinbeck's Novel Of Mice and Men there is prejudice on many levels including gender, race, and age. Both in the real world and in Steinbeck's n...
  • Steinbeck's Writings Critics
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    More a Mouse Than a Man "If an author does not have at least one great popular success, he or she may well be ignored by the media, but if he or she is constantly popular, then the critics become suspicious of the writer's serious intentions" (Benson Introduction). What do critics from the literary world have to say about Steinbeck's writings Critics have much to say, both positive and negative. What link exists between Steinbeck and his writings Perhaps the most noteworthy biographical link bet...
  • John Steinbeck
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    John Steinbeck's Portrayal of Alcoholics By V. Kay t Whitten, Lila L. Anastas has said of John Steinbeck: "Steinbeck the person wanted... to experience everything and then write about it. He was the versatile author of over thirty full-length books and short story collections, as well as plays, film scripts, numerous articles, and volumes of letters. He received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1962. In my view, he is one of the top ten American novelists, not just because he was a great storyte...
  • Steinbeck's Choice Of The Journey Structure
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    The Journey Theme in The Grapes of Wrath As a major literary figure since the 1930's, Steinbeck displays in his writing a characteristic respect for the poor and oppressed. In many of his novels, his characters show signs of a quiet dignity and courage for which Steinbeck has a great admiration. For instance, in The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck describes the unrelenting struggle of the people who depend on the soil for their livelihood. One element helping give this novel an added touch of harmony...
  • John Steinbeck
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    John Steinbeck became one of the most popular, influential American authors. He had the ability to depict physical, social, and psychological environments in his writings. Throughout his sixty-six years of life, Steinbeck wrote nearly thirteen novels. He did not come from a wealthy family but rather one of comfortable means. Steinbeck did not let this stand in his way, though. Through great determination he became what many consider a great American author. On February 27, 1902, John Ernst Stein...
  • Average Southwest Migrant Family
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    Dust Bowl Odyssey The Dust Bowl Odyssey begins with an excerpt from the famous novel The Grapes of Wrath written by John Steinbeck. The novel told the story of the Joad family during the depression era and their journey from Oklahoma to California in hopes of getting their lives back on track. The book, which was written in 1939, was Steinbeck attempt to not only describe the plight of migrant farm workers during the Depression but to also offer sharp criticism of the polities that has caused th...
  • Steinbeck's Foreshadowing In His Books
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    Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn these are the great yet true words from Joseph Addison. The author John Steinbeck was a man, who portrayed a nation during its worst period if time telling about the struggles of its people in Of Mice and Men, and in the novel The Pearl. Both stories were brilliantly written with the unique trademark of John Steinbeck. In th...
  • John Steinbeck
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    Biography of John Steinbeck In the biography of "John Steinbeck" by Catherine Reef his life was full of hardships just as his characters' lives were. One major case was that his own parents did not want him to be a writer. They wanted him to have a true profession as a lawyer. But overcoming these obstacles is what helped Steinbeck become such an influential and non-conformist writing style. John Steinbeck knew he wanted to become a writer at the age of 15; influenced by an English teacher, and ...

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