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John Steinbeck

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Father of Thomas Steinbeck

No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by John Steinbeck
Short stories
The Grapes of Wrath (excerpt)
The Red Pony [short story]
Johnny Bear (1937)
Saint Katy the Virgin (1938)
The Elf in Algiers (1944)
The Affair at 7 Rue de M- (1955)
The Short-Short Story of Mankind (1958)
The Death of Merlin (1977)
Gawain, Ewain, and Marhalt (1977)
The Knight with Two Swords (1977)
Merlin (1977)
Morgan Le Fay (1977)
The Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot of the Lake (1977)
The Wedding of King Arthur (1977)

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1940) : The Grapes of Wrath
Nobel Prize in Literature Lifetime Achievement winner (1962)
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1977) : The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (2003) : East of Eden

Books about John Steinbeck

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