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John Steinbecks Portrayal of Alcoholics By V Kayt Whitten Lila L Anastas has said of John Steinbeck Steinbeck the person wanted to experience everything and then write about it He was the versatile author of over thirty full-length books and short story collections as well as plays filmscripts numerous articles and volumes of letters He received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1962 In my view he is one of the top ten American novelists not just because he was a great storyteller but because he dealt with important concepts and universal themes 150 Steinbecks reputation as both a person and a writer has been considered on the negative side of perfection Considered a very private person not impressed by his own or others acquisition of wealth he is rumored to have had a drinking problem His was not a success story that followed the normal pattern for writers of his day and caliber A few of his books were banned at the time of publication including Grapes Of Wrath because of their language and rebellious spirit His depiction of certain components of society have been met with disbelief and anger However Steinbeck is without a doubt one of the greatest writers of American fiction Like most writers he uses those he knows and studies as well as his own personal experiences to draw on to create realistic and memorable characters Many writers use archetypes or draw from different aspects of themselves in order to give a character depth and meaning in context John Steinbeck was known to draw his characters and settings from either mythical archetypal and or personal experience Later in life Steinbeck wrote to a friend Long ago I knew perhaps that mine was not a truly first-rate talent I had then two choices only--to throw it over or to use what I had to the best of my ability I chose the second and
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