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John Steinbeck (Biographers)

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John Steinbeck 3. What social issues did Steinbeck frequently write about? Time spent being a manual laborer while writing allowed him to incorporate the different aspects of life in the field into his novels.
Often wrote about things such as migration, life of working in the fields, and even circumstances involving war and criticizing society.
Earlier works such as In Dubious Battle and Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck focused on migrant workers and the life that they led, which was based off of his own experiences in the fields as a manual laborer. John Steinbeck's Love of The Salinas Valley 4. What philosophy of life is revealed in Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech? Believes that man, as a species, should be of utmost perfection as believed by all true writers.
Said that man was given both the keys to destruction and life, as well as choice, claiming that man now had powers humans had thought reserved only for Gods or God-like creatures.
With this, man is unprepared and faces a future where man must assume responsibility and learn how to control.
Man must both fear man and revere man, for man is what prompts destruction and what fuels recreation. Weed is located at the north of Auburn. Salinas is roughly twenty miles wide and is bounded by the El Gabilan mountains to the east and the Santa Lucia mountains to the west. The Salinas River runs through the valley and empties into the Pacific Ocean near the fishing town of Moss Landing.The Salinas River is located around the Salinas valley farms and under the freeway of 101. 7. Where are Weed, Salinas, and the Salinas River located? Born February 27,1902 in Salinas California
Loved Valley and became stting for many of his books
He worked on farms and ranches there
He loved land but community did not love him
After the writing of Grapes of Wrath, the people hated him and rallied against him
John Steinbeck was also a witness to the poverty, he saw it every day in Salinas
This poverty influenced many of his books Introduction to John Steinbeck, a Short Tale of his Life -Won Nobel Prize of 1962.
-Key writer of his country for nearly 40 years.
-For a while, served as advisor for President Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam policies agreed.
-Wrote for the newspaper Newsday , readers had mixed feelings. The New York Post attacked him for betraying his liberal past.
-Died in December 20th, 1968 in his New York City apartment from a heart attack.
-Had three wives and two sons. All influenced his life and writing in some way. The Influence of Life Experiences and Jobs on his Novels Produce of the Salinas Valley -He was a farmer, farm-worker, apprenticehood-carrier, apprentice painter, caretaker of an estate, surveyor, fruit-picker, watchman of a house, novelist, writer, poetry conductor.
-Went to Stanford
-Spent his summer vacation working on farms
-Was not given or supported with much from birth.
-Studied Mexican culture and agriculture.
-Was involved with Vietnam laws.
-Influenced many of his novels and all of his life experiences listed above, mostly being about poor families struggling in some way either with money, government, etc.
-He also lived during the time of the Cold War, and wrote a novel about something related to that as well. artichokes, lettuce, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, spinach, and wine grapes. There is also a lot of grazing land. Many support industries such as trucking, tractors, agronomy, irrigation, and food processing. http://www.americanwriters.org/writers/steinbeck.asp
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/steinbeck-speech_en.html
http://www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com/ourarea.html
http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/John-Steinbecks-Biography
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http://as.sjsu.edu/steinbeck/biography/index.jsp
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi./johnstei.htm
http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/John-Steinbecks-Biography -First novel, Cup of Gold, failed. Made no more than 250 USD.
-In the 1930s, he forged a significant place in the culture and letters of the United States as a writer deeply engaged with place, with marginalized workers and ordinary people, and with the political and social human dramas that confronted him. -Born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902
-Father: county treasurer, mother: teacher.
-Attended a local high school, worked at farms for quite a while.
-Dropped out of college for possibly whole quarters to sustain multiple jobs.
- Family was pretty poor.
-Took zoology course in Hopkins Marine Station.
-Wrote short poems and stories, ended up being a Californian writer. -Also married Carol Henning,first wife.
-Engaged in struggles of his country in many ways for many years.
-He wrote social histories somewhere aroudn the 1930’s.
-Wrote Of Mice and Men in 1937, large success.
-Wrote Grapes of Warth, story of agricultural family struggling in California, 20’th century classic, incredibly large impact
- Won his first Nobel Prize.
-Wrote more about ecological works in the 1940’s.
- Some topics were engages in the Cold War covering the Soviet Union in 1947, cultural studies of Mexico and Mexicans from the mid-1930’s to the mid-1950’s, and concerns of the war with the US and Vietnam in 1960’s.
-Wrote The Pearl, a story of a hunter shooting a baby.
-Wrote East of Eden in 1952, pretty successful. First half was the story of Cain and Abel, two family settlers, second half was about the struggle between Aron and Caleb. Another novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was also another example of such content.
During World War II, he wrote many novels influenced by the war such as The Moon Is Down, which had many propagandised aspects.
Few others of his works include Cannery Row, The Pearl, and The Wayward Bus, which all have a more nostalgic feel about the war itself.
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