John Steinbeck

(27 February 1902 – 20 December 1968)

John Steinbeck
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John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). As the author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

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In Dubious Battle

In 1936 Steinbeck published the first of what came to be known as his Dustbowl trilogy, which included Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. This first novel tells the story of a fruit pickers' strike in California which is both aided and damaged by the ... more »

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  • ''The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.''
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. repr. In Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1977). "In Awe of Words," 75th Anniversary edit...
  • ''Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.''
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. "On Critics," Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1977).
  • ''It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth.''
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. "On Intent," Fourth Series, Writers at Work, ed. George Plimpton (1977).
  • ''Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.''
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Quoted in J.K. Galbraith, The Affluent Society, 1977 edition, introduction (1977). Remark describing Galb...
  • ''Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.''
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. The Grapes of Wrath, ch. 14 (1939).
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