John Steinbeck , born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove,...See more
John Steinbeck , born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey's paisanos. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. East of Eden (1952) was an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family's history. Later books include Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), and America and Americans (1966). Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Gabriel Bernal Granados is one of Mexico's foremost writers. His many books of essays, short stories, and aphorisms, include Ramparts (2015), and most recently Notes Toward a Theory of Failure (2016). Bernal Granados is the translator of many US modernist and contemporary writers into Spanish, including Guy Davenport, Paul Metcalf, Lydia Davis, Barbara Guest, Ronald Johnson, and William Bronk, among many others. He is the recipient of awards from Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mexican Center for Writers. See less
The following is a personality profile of John Steinbeck based on his work.
John Steinbeck is boisterous and expressive.
He is intermittent, he has a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time. He is empathetic as well: he feels what others feel and is compassionate towards them. But, John Steinbeck is also laid-back: he appreciates a relaxed pace in life.
More than most people, his choices are driven by a desire for organization.
He is also relatively unconcerned with tradition: he cares more about making his own path than following what others have done. Considers helping others to guide a large part of what he does: he thinks it is important to take care of the people around him.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) wrote "Cannery Row" in six weeks during the summer of 1944. He wrote the book, he claimed, as "a kind of nostalgic thing.... for a group of soldiers who had said to me: ... Read More
John Steinbeck's short novel "The Pearl" (1947) is unusual in that the book appeared after Steinbeck wrote a screenplay for a film of the same name. The film was released to coincide with the ... Read More
In 1941, John Steinbeck met with officials of the Foreign Information Service in Washington D.C. to discuss writing a book to assist American propaganda efforts during WW II. He initially prepared a ... Read More