John Steinbeck


Best known for his controversial Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), Steinbeck is considered among the most significant American novelists of the twentieth century. When he was honored in 1962 with the Nobel Prize in literature, the awards committee cited Steinbeck's "sympathetic humor and sociological perception" and his "instinct for what is genuinely American, be it good or bad." In his fiction, Steinbeck professed both sympathy and anger toward American society. An active opponent of social exploitation, puritanism, and materialistic values, Steinbeck is noted for his sharp, forceful writing style, his wry humor, and his profound compassion for the poor, the inarticulate, and the politically maligned. Early in his career, as a result of his study of biology at...

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  • Born

    • February 27, 1902
  • Died

    • December 20, 1968
  • Occupation

  • Other Occupations

    • Journalist;
    • Nobel laureate;
    • Novelist;
    • Playwright;
    • Poet;
    • Screenwriter;
    • Short story writer
  • Nationality

  • Other Names

    • Steinbeck, John Ernst, Jr.;
    • Glasscock, Amnesia
  • Gender


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