"The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement."

-- Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech 1962

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John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902 and grew up about twenty-five miles form the Pacific Coast, in a fertile valley that would come to be the setting for many of his most famous novels. In 1919, Steinbeck attended Stanford University, enrolling in literature and writing courses and left there in 1925 sans degree. Over the next five years, he supported himself in New York City as a laborer and journalist and as a caretaker for a Lake Tahoe estate. After marrying, he and his wife relocated to Pacific Grove, California, where he published two novels. As the forties rolled in, Steinbeck became a filmmaker and a student of marine biology as he worked on his novel Sea of Cortez. Steinbeck married two more times and spent the last decades of his life with his third wife in New York City and Sag Harbor. The couple were frequent travelers. In 1968, John Steinbeck passed away, leaving behind an accomplished literary legacy that earned him a Nobel Prize for Literature six years earlier.
  • Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
  • Burning Bright
  • Cannery Row
  • Cup of Gold
  • East of Eden
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • In Dubious Battle
  • The Log from the Sea of Cortez
  • The Long Valley
  • The Moon is Down
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Once There Was a War
  • The Pastures of Heaven
  • The Pearl
  • The Red Pony
  • The Short Reign of Pippin IV
  • Sweet Thursday
  • To a God Unknown
  • Tortilla Flat
  • Travels With Charley
  • The Wayward Bus
  • The Winter of Our Discontent
  • Zapata
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