John Steinbeck

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Introduction to John Steinbeck and his novel Of Mice and Men

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John Steinbeck

  1. 1. John Steinbeck an American author
  2. 2. Beginnings… <ul><li>Born February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California </li></ul><ul><li>Father John Steinbeck Sr. was the county treasurer </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Olive was a former school teacher </li></ul><ul><li>John spent summers working as a hired hand on neighboring farms and ranches </li></ul>
  3. 3. Love of Literature… <ul><li>Mom encouraged John to both read and write </li></ul><ul><li>1919 Attended Stanford University as an English major but he left in 1925 without graduating </li></ul><ul><li>Went to New York to pursue a writing career </li></ul>
  4. 4. Yawn! <ul><li>John Steinbeck couldn’t find a publisher in New York so he went home to California where he wrote three novels. They were published but were virtually ignored!  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cup of Gold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pastures of Heaven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To a God Unknown </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 1935 Success <ul><li>Novel #4 Tortilla Flat won the California Commonwealth Club's Gold Medal for best novel by a California author </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged, Steinbeck continued to write and was again rewarded with… </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1940 Pulitzer Prize <ul><li>For excellence in American Literature the Pulitzer Prize recognized Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath </li></ul>
  7. 7. 1962 Acknowledgement for a lifetime of writing <ul><li>John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962: </li></ul><ul><li>“ ...for his realistic as well as imaginative writings, distinguished by a sympathetic humor and a keen social perception.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. At the Nobel Prize presentation ceremony <ul><li>R. Sandler commented: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mr. John Steinbeck - In your writings, crowned with popular success in many countries, you have been a bold observer of human behavior in both tragic and comic situations. This you have described to the reading public of the entire world with vigor and realism.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. His writings live on… <ul><li>John Steinbeck died December 20, 1968 </li></ul><ul><li>He was a private person despite his popularity as an author </li></ul><ul><li>His words continue to teach us about being human </li></ul>
  10. 10. Of Mice and Men <ul><li>Takes place in Salinas, California where Steinbeck was born and lived much of his life </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for other similarities between the events of Steinbeck’s life and those in the novel </li></ul>                                                                               
  11. 11. Information Sources <ul><li>Slide 1 Image: www.zianet.com/smithson/images/f1773.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 2 Image: www.canneryrow.org/Images/john_bust_lg.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 9 Image: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/steinbeck.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://nobelprize.org/literature/laureates/1962/steinbeck-bio.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.steinbeck.org/Home.html </li></ul>

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