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John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 17 February 1902. After studying English at Stanford University, he held several jobs including working as a hod-carrier, apprentice painter, laboratory assistant, ranch hand, fruit-picker, construction worker at Madison Square Gardens, New York, and reporter for the New York American. In 1935 he became a full-time writer and was a special writer for the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Among his most renowned works are Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.

In 1926 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a mark of his outstanding contribution to literature, his unquestionable popularity and his versatility. In his speech accepting the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck gave his view of authorship: 'The ancient omission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our may grevious faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit for gallantry in defeat - for courage, compassion and love.'

John Steinbeck died on 20th December 1968.

Books by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men: Popular Penguins
The Grapes Of Wrath
Of Mice And Men
The Vigilante
The Pearl: Popular Penguins
The Short Novels Of John Steinbeck
Cannery Row: Popular Penguins
East Of Eden
Journal Of A Novel
A Russian Journal
The Winter Of Our Discontent
Travels With Charley
The Pastures Of Heaven
The Wayward Bus
In Dubious Battle
The Log From The Sea Of Cortez
The Moon Is Down
To A God Unknown
Sweet Thursday
The Long Valley
Tortilla Flat
The Pearl
Cannery Row