Celebrating the Birthday of John Ernst Steinbeck

john steinbeck, grapes of wrath, east of eden, John Ernst Steinbeck

February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968
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One hundred and twelve years ago today, John Ernst Steinbeck, an American Pulitzer Prize winning writer, was born in Salinas, California. He is widely known for his novels, East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck received notable honors such as the Nobel Prize in Literature, National Book Award for Fiction and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was the only son of John Ernst Steinbeck and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. He had 3 sisters.

According to some reports, John Steinbeck decided at the age of 14 that he would become a writer. He was often known to lock himself in his room and write poems, and stories. Although in 1919 he enrolled at Stanford University, but drifted in and out of school until he dropped out completely without obtaining a degree. He was the father of two sons, Thomas Steinbeck and John Steinbeck IV. He was married three times to Elaine Anderson Steinbeck, Gwendolyn Conger (mother of Thomas and John Steinbeck IV) and Carol Henning.

The National Steinbeck Center is located in Salinas California where they host a premier collection of artifacts, books, film clips and current artistic exhibitions. Steinbeck died in his New York City home from heart disease on December 20, 1968.

Do you have a favorite work by John Steinbeck? I think my two favorites would be East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath.


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