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John Steinbeck

Photo of John Steinbeck taken in Sweden during his trip to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Personal information
Birth nameJohn Ernst Steinbeck, Jr.
Birth dateFebruary 27, 1902
Place of birthSalinas, California
Date of deathDecember 20, 1968(age 66)
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, war correspondent
Notable worksThe Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men
Nobel Prize In Literature

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John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 � December 20, 1968) was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). He wrote a total of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. In 1962, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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John Steinbeck and his great American novel, The Grapes of Wrath, about the westward migration of people during the dust bowl in the Depression of the 1930's. From California: A Tribute. The producer's website is at
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Hi. Im Doug Patt and this is so you want to be an architect part 6. What does an architect mean? When I was in high school we read the grapes of wrath. Unfortunately, I only read the cliffs notes. When we discussed the book in class I was lost but what I remember changed my views about meaning forever. In the beginning of the book John Steinbeck devotes an entire chapter to the trials and tribulations of a turtle crossing a dusty high way. The turtle is a symbol or metaphor for the main characters of the book. Even though the chapter seems incredibly out of place, the metaphor adds further illustration to the lives of the main characters. Steinbeck used metaphor to accentuate and add meaning to his story. Life is about meaning. Whether its finding meaning in nature, belief, others, objects or our present, past and future. Victor Frankl, a writer and Nazi concentration camp survivor said, "We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering." Just as Frankl said, artists, writers, sculptors, painters, designers, & architects find and impart meaning through creating a work. Those that inhabit or view the work find meaning by experiencing it. Now, buildings have meaning whether we see it directly or not. Architecture can have meaning simply by virtue of its size, shape or location. The world trade centers <b>...</b>
3.28 min. | 4.84 user rating
California travel expert Veronica Hill of tours Monterey in this episode of "California Travel Tips." Located two hours south of San Francisco and 5 1 hours north of LA, Monterey retains the charm of a small town while boasting some of the best dining, shops and attractions on the Central Coast. Cannery Row, immortalized in the 1945 John Steinbeck novel, is one of Monterey's top attractions. Today, Cannery Row's sardine factories are now home to quirky shops, chain restaurants and posh hotels. Monterey Bay Aquarium, housed in historic Hoven Cannery, is a must-see attraction. A downstairs exhibit displays Steinbeck memorabilia and vintage sardine machinery. For a fun day out with the kids, check out Old Fisherman's Wharf, originally built in 1846. It's a typical bustling pier, with million-dollar Monterey boats, fresh seafood, candy shops and amusements. We stopped for lunch at Old Fisherman's Grotto, known for its fresh cracked crab and the best clam chowder in Monterey. I have to say, it lived up to its reputation. For a great locals-style breakfast, pop in to Old Monterey Cafe on Alvarado Street. Next, rent a surrey from Bay Bikes and explore Monterey State Historic Park, just a few blocks up the street. You'll find some of the best preserved adobes in California here, including Custom House, built by Mexico in 1827 for sea trading, and California's First Theatre, built in 1846 as entertainment for local sailors. California's first state <b>...</b>
2.95 min. | 3.85 user rating
John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" comes to life in this 1981 mini-series starring Jane Seymour. From Connecticut to California, from Civil War to Work War I, follow the Trask family explore good and evil, origin of sin, and the hope of reconciliation. From the DVD, "East of Eden" available at !
1.35 min. | 4.65 user rating
English project recreating the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This is video 1 of 2. The other video can be found here:
10.00 min. | 3.0 user rating
Check out Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Video SparkNote: Quick and easy Of Mice and Men synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel. For more Of Mice and Men resources, go to
10.10 min. | 4.91 user rating
The Grapes of Wrath is arguably the most celebrated work of John Steinbeck's illustrious career, and both the play and film based on the novel are classics in their own right. Through archival material and interviews with noted Steinbeck scholars, Trampling Out the Vintage explores the genesis and history of Steinbeck's novel, and examines its perennial hold on the American imagination. [10/2002] [Humanities] [Arts and Music] [Show ID: 6891]
29.33 min. | 5.0 user rating
[ Sound like a genius ... in 60 seconds.⢠ ] John Steinbeck, who wrote "Of Mice and Men," wants you to know something. Steinbeck wants you to know that the American Dream, the dream of opportunity and prosperity, doesn't apply to most people. Because most people are like George and Lennieâthe main characters in this book. "Of Mice and Men" presents George and Lennie as pawns in a power game beyond their comprehension. In Steinbeck's America, Big Money rules, and folks like George and Lennie are doomed from the start.
1.28 min. | 4.85 user rating
[ Sound like a genius ... in 60 seconds.⢠ ] It's pretty simple. There's George. There's Lennie. Then there are the folks that George and Lennie meet on the ranch. John Steinbeck populates "Of Mice and Men" with simple people simply trying to survive. They may quarrel. They may fight. But the characters in Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" are, nevertheless, united in their loneliness, their powerlessness, and their yearning for a better life.
1.37 min. | 5.0 user rating
[ Sound like a genius ... in 60 seconds.⢠ ] In "Of Mice and Men," author John Steinbeck uses the techniques of cinema to bring his readers into the action with George and Lennie. Like any good screenwriter (and yes, Steinbeck was one of those, tooâcheck out "East of Eden," starring James Dean), Steinbeck sets the stage of each chapter with the kind of detail that helps you see what he sees. In "Of Mice and Men," Steinbeck shows his mastery of "You Are There" storytelling.
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EVLiving---John Steinbeck- and his friend, “Doc” Ricketts dreamed of a scientific expedition which would combine science, philosophy and adventure. ... - Date : Thu, 16 Dec 2010 04:28:53 GMT+00:00
Man of the House: Second grade, his way - Los Angeles Times Tweet this news
Los Angeles Times--As -John Steinbeck- once noted, kids always want to be older than they are, so the prospect of moving up a grade totally thrills him. ... - Date : Sat, 04 Sep 2010 07:00:55 GMT+00:00
Tickets available for art show at Church of the Good Shepherd - The Salinas Californian Tweet this news
The Salinas Californian--Featured will be works of art inspired by the beautiful area that author -John Steinbeck- dubbed "the pastures of heaven." In addition to a silent auction of ... - Date : Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:10:58 GMT+00:00
Steinbeck Festival to open Aug. 5 in Salinas as fans worldwide tune in with ... - The Salinas Californian Tweet this news
The Salinas Californian---John Steinbeck's- creative compass set him exploring life's rugged landscape and ... - Date : Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:10:53 GMT+00:00
'Pastures of Heaven' reading planned at National Steinbeck Center in Salinas - The Salinas Californian Tweet this news
The Salinas Californian--"Pastures of Heaven: A Staged Reading and Talkback," which showcases a new play adapted from -John Steinbeck's- work by Octavio Solis, is set to be held at ... - Date : Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:08:16 GMT+00:00
A Visit with Dean Butler From "Little House" - KSFY Tweet this news
KSFY--By KSFY Staff With his company legacy documentaries, Dean Butler has captured everything from olympic hall of fame moments to -John Steinbeck-, to agriculture ... - Date : Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:57:44 GMT+00:00
Salinas libraries to offer bilingual baby storytime - The Salinas Californian Tweet this news
The Salinas Californian--The free programs will be held at 11 am Fridays in the children's area at the -John Steinbeck- Library, 350 Lincoln Ave., Salinas. ... - Date : Thu, 27 May 2010 12:10:28 GMT+00:00

Works by John Steinbeck

NovelsCup of Gold * The Red Pony * To a God Unknown * Tortilla Flat * In Dubious Battle * Of Mice and Men * The Grapes of Wrath * The Moon Is Down * Cannery Row * The Pearl * The Wayward Bus * Burning Bright * East of Eden * Sweet Thursday * The Short Reign of Pippin IV * The Winter of Our Discontent * The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
Non-fictionThe Log from the Sea of Cortez * Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team * A Russian Journal * Once There Was a War * Travels with Charley * Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters * America and Americans
Short story collectionsThe Pastures of Heaven * The Long Valley

Nobel Laureates in Literature

Pär Lagerkvist (1951) * François Mauriac (1952) * Winston Churchill (1953) * Ernest Hemingway (1954) * Halldór Laxness (1955) * Juan Ramón Jiménez (1956) * Albert Camus (1957) * Boris Pasternak (1958) * Salvatore Quasimodo (1959) * Saint-John Perse (1960) * Ivo Andrić (1961) * John Steinbeck (1962) * Giorgos Seferis (1963) * Jean-Paul Sartre (declined award) (1964) * Michail Sholokhov (1965) * Shmuel Yosef Agnon / Nelly Sachs (1966) * Miguel Ángel Asturias (1967) * Yasunari Kawabata (1968) * Samuel Beckett (1969) * Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1970) * Pablo Neruda (1971) * Heinrich Böll (1972) * Patrick White (1973) * Eyvind Johnson / Harry Martinson (1974) * Eugenio Montale (1975)

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