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John Steinbeck Presentation

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Corey Pieper

on 10 November 2014

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Salinas Valley, California
-Born February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California

-Father (John Ernst Steinbeck Sr.) worked as an accountant and bookkeeper until becoming the treasurer of Monterey County

-Mother (Olivia Hamilton) was a former schoolteacher who gave him his love for literature

-Many of his works are set in the Monterey Region and address problems faced by the working class
Early Life
Cup of Gold
Pastures of Heaven
The Red Pony
To A God Unknown
Tortilla Flat
In Dubious Battle

Of Mice and Men
The Long Valley
Grapes of Wrath
The Forgotten Village
Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journey of Travel and Research
The Moon is Down
Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomb Team
Cannery Row
The Wayward Bus
The Pearl
A Russian Journal
Burning Bright
The Log from the Sea of Cortez
East of Eden
Sweet Thursday
The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication
Once There Was A War
The Winter of our Discomfort
Travels With Charley: In Search of America
American and Americans
Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letter
Viva Zapata!
The Act of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
Working Day: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath

Working Years
-After leaving Stanford he traveled to New York City through the Panama Canal to find work

-Returned to California in 1928 to work as a care taker at Lake Tahoe where he met his wife Carol Hennin

-Lived in a cottage in Monterey Pennisula where he did much of his writing

-During World War II Steinbeck served as a correspondent for the
New York Herald Tribune

-Met Ed Ricketts in 1930, a marine biologist who became a close friends

-Following his divorce from Carol in 1941 he married Gwyndolyn Conger a year later and had two sons named Thomas and John
By: Corey Pieper
John Steinbeck
-Decided to become a writer during high school

-Spent time in his bedroom to write stories and poems

-Graduated from Salinas High School and enrolled at Stanford University in 1919

-Supported himself as a farm laborer and lab assistant

-Only took courses that interested him such as English and marine biology without seeking a degree

-After attending college intermittently for six years he dropped out in 1925
Later Life
-Vistited the Soviet Union with photographer Robert Capa and published
A Russian Journal

-Returned to California in 1948 when Ed Ricketts was struck by a car, dying hours before he arrived

-Gwyndolyn later requested they divorce

-Met stage manager Elaine Scott in 1949 at a restrauant in Carmel, California and later married her in 1950

-Was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962

-Traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel in 1966 to the farm commmunity Mountain of Hope which was established by his grandfather

-Died December 28, 1968 in New York of heart failure

-Cremated and burried with his parents in Salinas Cemetary
Legacy & Awards
-Famous for his authentic portrayal of struggling workers and laborers during the early 1900's

-Twelve of his stories have been adapted into films

-Home in downtown Salinas is still preserved and can be visited through tours

-Several works have become required readings in many schools

Although smart Steinbeck was also known as being shy and reticent
"Maybe everyone in the whole damn
world is scared of one another"
-Of Mice and Men
"There is no sin and there is no virtue, there is just stuff people do"
-The Grapes of Wrath
"All great and precious
things are lonely"
-East of Eden

A major influence of Steinbeck's work were Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur" a collection of stories about the legend of King Arthur

Edward Ricketts
Lake Tahoe, California
Carol and John Steinbeck
Elain Steinbeck
Grave site
Pultzer Prize for the Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Nobel Prize for Literature (1962)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)

New York Drama Critics' Circles Award (1937)
"for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception" -Nobel Prize Committee
Amid The Great Depression he bought a boat and lived off the fish and crab he caught and the produce from his garden
Carol and John sold their two pet mallard ducks Aqua and Vita to buy manuscript
Fun Facts
An early draft of the novel
Of Mice and Men
was eaten
by Steinbeck's
dog Max
The Grapes of Wrath
was banned by institutions for what was regarded as communist sympathetic views
The End









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