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John Steinbeck was born in Salinas California in 1902 He was raised in a fertile agricultural valley about twenty miles from the Pacific Coast Both the valley and the coast would become the setting for some of his novels and short storiesIn 1919 he attended Stanford University where he took literature and writing classes In 1925 he left the university He did not attain a degree before his departureFor the next five years of Steinbecks life he worked as a laborer and a journalist in New York City Then he worked as a caretaker for an estate in Lake Tahoe During these five years he was also working on his first novel Cup of GoldHe then got married and moved to Pacific Groove where he published his next two books The Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown He also worked on some of his famous short storiesHe gained success and financial security with his book Tortilla Flat This was full of stories about Montereys paisanosIn 1952 he published East of Eden a story about the Salinas valley and Steinbecks own family historyThe last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag harbor with his third wife Throughout Steinbecks life he published twenty-five books After his death in 1968 four more of his books were published Six years before his death John Steinbeck won a Noble PrizeThe book Of Mice and Men is about the trials and tribulations of friendship Throughout the book George is continuously telling Lennie that if he were alone he could live so easy When Lennie gives his answer of leaving George instantly jumps down Lennies throat and reminds Lennie that he was jus foolin and wants Lennie to stay The relationship these two characters posses is that of best friends who will be together until the end Since George never wants Lennie to go off on his own he obviously caresGeorge gets Lennie out of
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