Wednesday, February 02, 2005

John SteinBeck- General Information

John Steinbeck was an american novelist who lied from 1902-1968. He was born in Salinas, California. John was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck.His father was County Treasurer and his mother a former schoolteacher. He attended Stratsford University leaving without a degree. He had 2 sons, Thom (1944) and John IV (1946). John Steinbeck, also known as John Ernst Steinbeck, was awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1962 for his “realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” and he also recieved 3 Academy Awards and even president Johnson awarded him the United States Medal of Freedom in 1964, and he was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp on what would have been his seventy-fifth birthday. He first intended to publish some novels but he failed, so he return back to his home. He wrote Californian novels and Dust Bowl fiction. He had some interest in marine biology, jazz, politics, phylosophy, history and myth. For many yerars he was the voice of the Great Depression. Steinbeck's style was based on natural and realistic work, often about poor, working class people. This is when The Grapes of Warth, which was the story of the Joads, a poor family in Oklahoma and heir journey agaist the struggles they faced in California. Seventeen of his works have been made into movies. His ashes lie in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Salinas.

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