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“What a class writer. Steinbeck is a legend and "The Grapes of Wrath" besides winning a Pulitzer Prize, is one of the great classics in American literature.”
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“East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, Of Mice and Men are four of my favorite all-time novels.”
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John Steinbeck III is an American author originally from the agricultural Salinas Valley area of California. Born February 27, 1902, Steinbeck is often regarded as one of the greatest American authors of his time. Of his 25 books, two have won the Pulitzer Prize, and the writer himself was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

Steinbeck's novels often contain themes of poverty, dreams, unfortunate economic circumstances, and the power of fate. Many of his books have been banned from local schools and libraries because his writing is seen by some as leftist and socialist. Nonetheless, many of his books, such as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden,  are standard reading in American schools, and seven of his books have been adapted by Hollywood into film.

Steinbeck died on December 20, 1968 after suffering from a massive heart attack. His remains were cremated and lie with those of his grandparents at a cemetery in Salinas, CA.
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