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Well in this short report on John Steinbeck I am about to include all of the work that I have done in this class Including my full report on one of his books a little background on Mr Steinbeck and many other things All out of the mind and the computer of Jeremy Slaven An American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature John Ernst Steinbeck Jr b Salinas Calif Feb 27 1902 d Dec 20 1968 based most of his novels on the American experience often with sympathetic focus on the poor the eccentric or the dispossessed Steinbeck grew up in Salinas Valley a rich agricultural area of Monterey County and the setting of many of his works where he learned firsthand of the difficulties of farm laborers From 1919 to 1925 he studied intermittently at Stanford University but did not receive a degree His early novels Cup of Gold 1929 The Pastures of Heaven 1932 and To a God Unknown 1933 aroused little public interest The latter novel however a mystical story of self-sacrifice is one of Steinbecks strongest statements about the relationship between people and the land Steinbeck turned to filmmaking after the film success of The Grapes of Wrath He wrote impressive screenplays for the Mexican-based The Forgotten Village 1941 and Viva Zapata 1952 as well as film scripts for his stories The Red Pony 1938 and The Pearl 1947 Another novel and play The Moon Is Down 1942 about the German invasion of Norway won critical praise After World War II in which he served as a war correspondent Steinbeck wrote increasingly about social outcasts Cannery Row 1945 relates the story of a group of vagabonds on the Monterey coast The Wayward Bus 1947 presents a morality tale about characters who supposedly represent middle-class society Burning Bright 1950 preached universal brotherhood but was largely unsuccessful Steinbeck devoted several years to his most ambitious project East of
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