John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (1902-1968) received popularity as an American author and received the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature. He published over 33 books inclusive of six non-fiction writings and short story series. Some well-known publication names include The Red Pony (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952). Steinbeck also published a book with the name of The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976). He mostly used central California as a background to his stories. Steinbeck attended Salinas High School in 1919 and studied English Literature at Stanford University. But never completed a course.
Initially, he attempted to make a career for himself in New York but struggled. He, therefore, returned to California and accepted a position as a tour guide. Steinbeck expanded his skills to caretaking and manufacturing of plaster mannequins. He affiliated himself with radical regime writers, for example, Lincoln Steffens and also his wife Ella Winter. In 1935, Steinbeck joined the League of American Writers.
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