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Picture of John Steinbeck, author of The Pearl and The Grapes and Wrath; Nobel Prize winning novelist; twentieth century American Literature
John Steinbeck   (1902 - 1968)
Category:  American Literature
Born:  February 27, 1902
Salinas, California, United States
Died:  December 20, 1968
New York City, New York, United States
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John Steinbeck - LIFE STORIES
3/14/1939     Grapes of Wrath Marches On
On this day in 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was published. Although Steinbeck believed that he had succeeded in his "very grave attempt to do a first-rate piece of work," he was so convinced that his "revolutionary" book would be unpopular and unread that he tried to dissuade his publisher from having a large first printing.
6/23/1961     Steinbeck's Discontent
On this day in 1961 John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent was published. The book was written during Steinbeck's despair that fame or friends had led him away from "true things" to "shiny easy things," and with a hope that he could "slough off nearly fifteen years and go back and start again at the split path where I went wrong." The first reviews were mixed, though Steinbeck would get the Nobel the following year.
11/24/1947     Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Pearls
On this day in 1947, John Steinbeck's The Pearl was published. Although he could have taken the all-that-glitters-is-not-gold theme from his own troubles with fame and fortune, Steinbeck's source was a Mexican folk tale. It could as easily have been the Bible, or Shakespeare's Othello, who "loved not wisely but too well," and "Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away / Richer than all his tribe."
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East of Eden
In Dubious Battle
Novels 1942-1952: The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row, The Pearl, East of Eden
by John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Editor)
anthology, fiction
Novels and Stories 1932-1937: The Pastures of Heaven, To a God Unknown, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Editor), Elaine A. Steinbeck (Editor)
anthology, fiction
Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck Centennial Editions Boxed Set
anthology, fiction
Steinbeck: A Life in Letters
by Robert Wallsten (Editor), E. Wallsten Steinbeck, John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936-1941: The Long Valley, The Grapes of Wrath, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, The Harvest Gypsies
by John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Editor), Elaine A. Steinbeck (Editor)
anthology, fiction
The Pearl
The Winter of Our Discontent
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John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography
by Jackson J. Benson
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"Why Books Get Banned"
This BBC resource for students explores the many reasons why books are banned from the classroom, and includes examples of court rulings on such works as Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, Joseph Heller's Catch-22, and Black Boy by Richard Wright. A partial list of banned works is also provided.

"In 1998, when the Modern Library published its list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century, it sparked considerable debate over what is and isn't a great novel. Exactly a third of the titles on the list of 'best' novels, including 6 of the top 10, have been removed or threatened with removal from bookstores, libraries and schools at some point. The Grapes of Wrath, number 10 on the list, has been one of the most vilified works since its publication in 1939. Burned at the St. Louis (Mo.) Public Library immediately after publication, it also was banned from the Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Library because of 'vulgar words.' It was challenged in the Greenville (S.C.) schools because it used the names of God and Jesus 'in a vain and profane manner' and was banned in Kern County (Calif.) where the story was set. It continues to be one of the most challenged books in schools and libraries."
John Steinbeck Page
Offers a large selection of primary and secondary texts, including essays from America and Americans, a review of the author's literary reputation, and critical commentary on his Depression-era writing, form and style, The Winter of Our Discontent, The Grapes and Wrath, Once There Was a War, and To a God Unknown. With links to biographies, bibliographies, a filmography, Steinbeck's FBI documents, and more. Highly recommended.
John Steinbeck, 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature
Steinbeck was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Visit the official Nobel website for an author biography, Steinbeck's Nobel Lecture, and other resources.
Student Survival Guide - Of Mice and Men
Offers a chapter-by-chapter summary, with notes on vocabulary, allusions, and idioms.
Student Survival Guide - Of Mice and Men
Offers a chapter-by-chapter summary, with a glossary of terms and phrases, and notes on historical and metaphorical references.
Find online lesson plans for classic works including Red Pony, Cannery Row, The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, and Of Mice and Men. Includes commentary and notes on plot, characters, setting, symbols, foreshawdowing, and themes, and suggested activities, topics, and questions for classroom discussion.

"Steinbeck's characters are not the rich men and women of California's boom days, but are the homeless, the migrant workers, the poor fishermen, and the farmers. However, each of these people has a deceptively simple, but important story to tell, a story filled with love and pain. The stories tell us not only of the lives of the poor who seek to live off the land and sea, but of the struggles of all people."
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