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I never wrote two books alike once said John Steinbeck Shaw 10 That may be true but I think that he wrote many of his novels and short stories based on many of the same views He often focused on social problems like the haves verses the have nots and made the reader want to encourage the underdog Steinbecks back ground and concern for the common man made him one of the best writers for human rights John Steinbeck was born in Salians California and spent most of his life there or around Salians because of that he often modeled his stories and the characters around the land he loved and the experiences he encountered He lived in Salians until 1919 when he left for Stanford University he only enrolled in the courses that pleased him - literature creative writing and majoring in Marine Biology He left in 1925 without a degree Even though he didnt graduate his books showed the results of his five years spent there His books display a considerable reading of the Greek and Roman historians and the medieval and Renaissance fabalists and the biological sciences Shaw 11 He then moved to New York and tried his hand as a construction worker and as a reporter for the American Covici xxxv Steinbeck then moved back to California and lived with his wife at Pacific Grove In 1934 he wrote for the San Franciso News he was assigned to write several articles about the 3000 migrants flooded in at Kings County The plight of the migrant workers motivated him to help and document their struggle The money he earned from the newspaper allowed him to travel to their home and see why their reason for leaving and traveled to California with them sharing in with their hardships Steinbeck 127 Because John Steinbeck was able to travel with the Okies he was able to accurately portray them and their struggles Each book
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