Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 11

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 11

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 11

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 11

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John Steinbeck

BORN: February 27, 1902, Salinas, California

DIED: December 20, 1968, New York, New York

IDENTIFICATION: Mid-twentieth California novelist best
known for his socially conscious books, several of which were
made into classic films.

Steinbeck wrote his most popular and most critically praised books during the Great Depression years of the 1930s. The Grapes of Wrath (1939), his most important book by all measures, stirred the conscience of America with its painfully accurate depiction of a poor family fleeing Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl to find work in California. Although Steinbeck’s later work did not enjoy the same critical and popular success as his early work, he became only the sixth American writer awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. By the end of the, more than three decades after his death, his books were still widely read, with many being regularly taught in school and college classrooms.

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