JOHN STEINBECK'S NOVEL "THE GRAPES OF WRATH."
Presents biographical data on the Nobel Prize winning American novelist's life and career. Centers on the structure of the 1939 book, THE GRAPES OF WRATH as Steinbeck's greatest novel. Contends the unusual structure of the novel helped portray the book's social themes. The plight of the Joads family as reflecting the problems of average citizens during the economic depression of the 1930s. Dispossession of migrants.
American author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902 and died on December 20, 1968. He was "known especially for... more
American author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902 and died on December 20, 1968. He was "known especially for realistic, compassionate novels of lowly people" (Bridgwater 1282). He was married three time and had two sons. In 1962, he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Steinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919, intermittently attended Stanford as an English major and left before achieving a degree. As a young man, he worked as a fruit picker and a ranch hand. Pursuing a writing career, he moved to New York City, and worked for the American newspaper. He was unable, however, to get his creative writing published, and returned to California. In 1929 his first work, Cup of Gold, was published but poorly received, as were his next two novels, The