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John Steinbeck

American author originally from the Salinas Valley, California.

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My favorite American author.

  • Dec 12, 2008
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Being the liberal leftist that I am, Steinbeck's books and writings have a special place in my heart. I am a huge can of California- not just its geography, but its history and its people. Steinbeck mastered the art of describing California's allure and how and why hundreds upon thousands of people have made this state their home.

But Steinbeck goes beyond California in his novels to describe the power of fate, economic circumstances, and human nature can often render hard working individuals completely powerless to achieve their goals. His writings are seen by some (including me) as anti-corporate and somewhat socialist.

Some say his writings are dull. But for someone like me who has visited a lot of Steinbeck's settings (Cannery Row, Salinas, etc), his books are full of vivid imagery that make each page weigh a ton in my mind.

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August 09, 2010
Thanks-- you've inspired & reminded me to leave my own brief review.
 
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review by . August 09, 2010
A writer with the common, but subtly subversive, touch
Steinbeck's hard to classify ideologically. His populist novels and naturalist stories mark him as a people's rather than a professor's writer. After being exposed to his works often in school, few study him in college. After my teens, I never heard his works mentioned or had any assigned in university courses as an English major, all the way through my Ph.D. Now, my specialty wasn't American lit., but the comparative neglect Steinbeck's endured from academics says a lot about …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
everystory has a different viewpoint,very good books that never run out of style
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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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