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  • Won Noble Prize "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”
  • He listened to the stories of the people around him and used their stories and his life experiences to write his stories East of Eden was a fictionalized re-telling of Stienbeck's family history. The Red Pony sprang from his childhood pony. Tortilla Flat came from the characters he knew around Salinas. Of Mice and Men came from the farms where he had picked fruit to help support himself while he attended college. The Grapes of Wrath evolved from the time Steinbeck spent writing newspaper articles about the farm families who had fled Okalahoma in search of better lives in California (http://www.literarytraveler.com/literary_articles/john_steinbecks_california.aspx)
  • The bonds of family and friendship are tested throughout this novella. Issues surrounding the depression and prejudices are also tackled in this novel.
  • Lennie and George, the central characters in “Of Mice and Men” were migrant workers The Migrant Experience: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/afctshtml/tsme.html
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    1. 1. An Introduction to his Works and “Of Mice and Men”
    2. 2. Brief stats: <ul><li>Born: February 27, 1902 </li></ul><ul><li>Birthplace: Salinas, California </li></ul><ul><li>Best Known Works: The Grapes of Wrath, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men </li></ul><ul><li>Won Noble Price in 1962 </li></ul><ul><li>Died: December 20, 1968 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Settings of His Works <ul><li>Set in California, most set during the depression (1930’s) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Monterey <ul><li>Tortilla Flat , Sweet Thursday , Cannery Row and The Snake </li></ul>
    5. 5. Salinas <ul><li>The Red Pony , The White Quail , and East of Eden </li></ul>
    6. 6. San Joaquin Valley <ul><li>The Grapes of Wrath </li></ul>Soledad <ul><li>Of Mice and Men </li></ul>A fruit farm in the San Joaquin Valley
    7. 7. What He Wrote About <ul><li>Steinbeck wrote about what he knew </li></ul><ul><li>The depression, migrant workers, friendship, family, and prejudice are some of the themes </li></ul>
    8. 8. Of Mice and Men Steinbeck’s novella written in 1937 Tackles tough issues and themes
    9. 9. Family, Friendship and the Depression
    10. 10. Migrant Workers
    11. 11. Images from: <ul><li>Discovery Education. 14 July 2009 <http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/> </li></ul>

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