John Steinbeck was born in 1902 and grew up in Salinas, California. From the photos I saw, I think he was pretty handsome. He had three sisters and a typical childhood. His father had various jobs through the years to support the family and his mother was a school teacher. It is through his mother’s love of reading and writing that Steinbeck grew his.
As with many of the literary geniuses, Steinbeck never finished college. He attended Stanford on and off again mostly to appease his parents. He finally admitted college was not for him and sought the life of a writer. Heading to New York City as many men and women do to seek their careers, Steinbeck found work as a construction worker and newspaper reporter. This was sshort-lived and he headed back to California, where he took a job as a caretaker in Lake Tahoe. He loved the land. This is portrayed through much of his work.
Steinbeck was married three times and had two sons. He is best known for Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. What I found interesting is that he also enjoyed the company of many naturalists and is co-author of a few non-fiction nature books. Steinbeck would travel with his friends as the writer and them as the scientists. An interesting combination! As most know Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in literature and the Pulitzer Prize. No easy feat!
His last book was a travel book comprising his thoughts, observations and musing during a cross-country trek in a RV with his dog. His son Thom said that Steinbeck knew his life was short and wanted to see the country one last time.
So heeeeeeeere we go another tome in review!!
Grab a copy of the Grapes of Wrath and read along… I dare you!