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Of Mice and Men Biographers

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Mario Maldonado

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How did the aspects of John Steinbeck's life affect his writing? Question #1 Major facts about Steinbeck's life. John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902. He had decided to become a writer at the age of 14. In 1919 he enrolled at Stanford University. However, he left with no degree, as his intentions were only to make his parents proud. In 1925, Steinbeck traveled by freighter from Los Angeles to New York City; worked as a construction laborer and, briefly, for the New York American. He also lived in Lake Tahoe, California for some time. Steinbeck married Carol Henning on January 14, 1930. He used to gather information from the farm labor unions. On August 1929, his first novel, Cup of Gold was published His novel, In Dubious Battle (1936), was based on striking farm workers. He also went on to write, Of Mice and Men, in 1937, and, The Grapes of Wrath, in 1939. August 2, 1944, was the day of the birth of his first son, Thom. June 12 1946, birth of second son, John IV. On October 25, 1962, Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. John Steinbeck died of arteriosclerosis in New York City on December 20, 1968. Question
#2 What philosophy of life is revealed in Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech? "Having taken God-like power, we must seek in ourselves for the responsibility and the wisdom we once prayed some deity might have. Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. " What Steinbeck is trying to say is that we as human kind are our own greatest ally and greatest enemy. Steinbeck tells us that literature is a way for us humans to express our feelings about the inner conflicts which erupt within ourselves. That it's used to show human weakness. He talks about how our own fates lie in our hands. John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on October 25, 1962. In his acceptance speech, he revealed an important philosophy of life. Of Mice and Men BIOGRAPHERS THE END Question
#3 What influenced Steinbeck to write Of Mice and Men? Bibliography Timetrius Taylor

Bio.true Story. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2012.
<http://www.biography.com/people/john-steinbeck-9493358>. this website talks about steinbeck's early life, later life, and career.

Lizzy Gravelle

Herrle, David, ed. SubtleTea.com. N.p., 2003. Web. 5 Dec. 2012.
<http://www.subtletea.com/johnsteinbeckspeech.htm>. This site gives me a written copy of Steinbecks speech.

John Avorh

American Writers: John Steinbeck. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.
<http://www.americanwriters.org/writers/steinbeck.asp>.

Mario Maldonado

Harmon, Robert B. "A Brief Chronology of Events in John Steinbeck's Life."
Steinbeck Center. Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2012.

"John Steinbeck." American Writers. National Cable Satellite, 2012. Web. 5
Dec. 2012.

Shillinglaw, Susan. "About John Steinbeck." John Steinbeck. Steinbeck Institute,
2012. Web. 5 Dec. 2012.

Brianna Wiederhold

Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.
<http://www.google.com/search?num=10&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1024&bih=616&q=john+steinbeck&oq=john+stein&gs_l=img.1.0.0l10.1835.6320.0.9174.10.8.0.2.2.0.126.846.3j5.8.0...0.0...1ac.1.9tTXleyWU0A&surl=1&safe=active>. He talks about how his job is to write of our human capacities and weaknesses, and that we would be cowards if we left the field of certain defeat when we're so close to our greatest victory. One of John Steinbeck's most famous stories is, Of Mice and Men (1937). Question
#4 Create a chronological list of Steinbeck's works and his inspiration for writing each. While writing, John Steinbeck worked as a manual laborer, where his experiences led him to the authenticity to his depictions of the worker's lives in his stories. Tortilla Flat (1935; film, 1942) - Rooted from the issues of the Great Depression.

In Dubious Battle (1936) - Seeing so much ethnic crises around him, many of John Steinbeck's works included this conflict.

Of Mice And Men (1937; films, 1939, 1999) - Steinbeck worked as a laborer, his past experiences caused him to write this. This was also based on the Great Depression

The Red Pony (1937; film, 1949) - Steinbeck's anxiety of worry for his severly ill mother caused him to write this.

The Grapes Of Wrath (1939,
Pulitzer Prize; film, 1940) - Steinbeck had written his stories with organic means of expression.

The Moon Is Down (1942; film, 1943) - This was based on the events of World War II and the Holocaust.

Cannery Row (1945; film, 1982), The Pearl (1947; film, 1948), The Wayward Bus (1947; film, 1957) - All of these works were said to be postwar works. The Wayward Bus contained more social criticism.

Burning Bright (1950), East of Eden (1952; film, 1955), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley (1962) - These stories were more relaxed and sentimental. Chronological list of John Steinbeck's works John Steinbeck's strategy in his writing was to make his stories feel happy and have a serious ending to make them interesting and to make them have meaning. What influenced him to write such great stories? In order to make his stories interesting, John Steinbeck based his stories on important events in life during that time. "A writer is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement."- John Steinbeck Nobel Prize Acceptence Speech Of Mice and Men is a story about the friendship between two migrant workers, George and Lennie. Just as their plan to own an acre of land and a home is about to succeed, many things come between them including Lennie's mischievousness and growing disloyalty towards his friend. Steinbeck's experiences as a ranch hand greatly influenced him to write Of Mice and Men. As a child, Steinbeck grew up in a ranch in the Salinas Valley, which is where George and Lennie work in the book. In this book, John Steinbeck shows how one big event or thing in a certain time can affect peoples' lives so much. Steinbeck, like in many other of his works added a lot of meaning to this story, and that's what made them so popular. He liked to show the different ways these characters would face different adversities. Pictures

Goodreads.com,
abebooks.com,
austinchronicles.com,
mtycounty.com,
fanpop.com,
darchwonders.wordpress.com,
amazon.com,
rjgeib.com,
huffingtonpost.co.uk,
bookcoverarchive.com "With humanity's long, proud history of standing firm against all of it's natural enemies sometimes in the face of almost certain defeat and extinction we would be cowardly and stupid to leave the field on the eve of our greatest potential victory." - John Steinbeck Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech He also says that his job is to reveal and expose his many mistakes in life. by Mario Maldonado, Timetrius Taylor, Lizzy Gravelle, John Avorh, and
Brianna Wiederhold
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