Steinbeck Biography

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1 : Major facts about his life. Born: February 27, 1902 Died Dec. 20 1968
His father was a bookkeeper and accountant. His mother, who was interested in the arts, greatly influenced his career choice.
He decided to be a writer in high school
He worked as a laboratory assistant and farmer while he attended school at Stanford university. At Stanford, he only took classes that were of interest to him and wasn’t working towards a particular degree.
In 1925 he travelled to New york and worked as a reporter for a construction crew in Madison square.
He married Carol Henning in 1930, who he later divorced.
He later married
During the 1950’s, his artistic talents were on the decline which was evident in his later works.
Following his success, he was awarded the nobel peace prize
Married the singer Gwyndolyn Conger
In 1944, his first son Thom was born
He divorced his second wife in 1948 and married his third wife in 1950
In 1963 he travelled to Europe on a United states Information Agency cultural tour
He died on December 20, 1969 and was buried in the garden of memories cemetery, Salinas.

2. Philosophy in his acceptance speech.
In steinbeck’s acceptance speech, he stresses the importance of literature in the plight of mankind. His philosophy is that humans need literature in their lives to express all that is great about living.
He also expresses that it is the responsibility of the writer to express the the perfectibility of man.
3. what influenced Steinbeck.
Steinbeck wrote of mice and men to depict what the migrant workers and farm labourers went through.
His experience as a farmer influenced him to write this story because he witnessed first-hand what they endured. He also lived in the time of the great depression.
4. other major works.
The Grapes of Wrath written in 1939 and won the Pulitzer prize.
East of Eden Written in 1952…...

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