John Steinbeck was born on February 27,1902 in Salinas, California. Mr. Steinbeck dropped out of college and worked as a manual laborer before achieving success as a writer.

Mr. Steinbeck wrote "Of Mice and Men" in 1937.

His 1939 novel "The Grapes of Wrath" about the migration of a family from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl(during the Great Depression) and their struggle to carve out a new life in California, won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. The Grapes of Wrath captured the mood and angst of the nation during this time period. At the height of its popularity, The Grapes of Wrath sold 10,000 copies per week.

Steinbeck served as a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune during World War II. Steinbeck continued to write in his later years, with credits including Cannery Row (1945), Burning Bright (1950), East of Eden (1952), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961) and Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962).

John Steinbeck died of heart disease on December 20, 1968 at his home in New York City.

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