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John Steinbeck was born in February 27 1902 in Salinas California Salinas was an agricultural valley in California His father was the county treasurer and his mother was a schoolteacher This is where his education began from a mother that encouraged him to read The community was a comfortable environment for him to live in because of the encouragement of independence and initiative His parents didnt want him to be a writer They wanted him to have a true profession as a lawyerHis early interest in reading led him through school with his main interest in science At age 15 he decided to become a writer influenced by an English teacher and faintly remembered by schoolmates for spending so much time in his room writing After graduating from high school he went to Stanford University in 1920 While he was there for five he contributed to the school paper by writing poems and comics He took courses in science and writing but never received a degree In 1925 when he left Stanford he became a marine biologistHe moved to New York in 1925 to work as a reporter for a newspaper Always being a non-conformist he was fired from the newspaper for writing opinions instead of facts This started the many jobs he would be a part of in his lifetime Some of these jobs include an apprentice hod carrier an apprentice printer a working chemist caretaker of Lake Tahoe Estate surveyor in Big Sur County and a fruit picker He also worked other more physically labored jobs such as a rancher road worker deck hand cotton picker and bricklayer While involved in these jobs he made many close friends that he came to admire because of their cant and hypocrisy which he applauded and whom all of these people soon were characters in his novels Many of these experiences were the helpers to his many novels His fruit picking and Great Depression led him
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