Sunday, February 27, 2022

Feb. 27: John Steinbeck, American author


John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was an American author of novels (33), non-fiction books (6), and short stories (2 collections), who has been called "a giant of American letters." Generally set in central California (or Baja California, Mexico), his books include The Grapes of Wrath (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1940), about Depression-era migrants from Oklahoma; Of Mice and Men, about two other vagrants; Cannery Row, set in Monterey not far from his birthplace in Salinas, CA; Tortilla Flat, East of Eden, The Red Pony, The Pearl, and many more, leading to the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. His work frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as these applied to downtrodden or everyman protagonists.


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