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  1. 1. John Steinbeck The Voice of the People Patricia
  2. 2. Early Life John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California Steinbeck was of German, English and Irish descent Steinbeck’s father was the Treasurer of Monterey County and his mother was a school teacher Steinbeck grew up in the Episcopal Church, but would later become agnostic After graduating high school, Steinbeck went to Stanford University, but never graduated
  3. 3. Early Life cont’d As a young person during the summer, John Steinbeck worked as a local ranch worker on some of the nearby farm ranches, where his work brings a wealth of understanding of the rural countryside of California and its people. He is profoundly moved by the people and their work ethic.
  4. 4. Life and Early Career After dropping out of Stanford University, Steinbeck traveled to New York. While in New York he did odd-end jobs to supplement his income while he began to write. For years he was unsuccessful at having any of his writings published. In 1928 he moved back to California where he worked at a fish hatchery, where he would meet his future wife, Carol Henning. Steinbeck married Henning in January of 1930.
  5. 5. Career Steinbeck married during the time of the Great Depression. Great Depression lasted from 1929-1939 Steinbeck published his first novel in 1929, Cup of Gold. This would spur him on to publishing many other writings.
  6. 6. Steinbeck’s Works Cup of Gold - 1929 The Pastures of Heaven - 1932 The Red Pony - 1933 To A God Unknown - 1933 Tortilla Flat - 1935 In Dubious Battle - 1936 Of Mice and Men - 1937 The Long Valley - 1938 The Grapes of Wrath - 1939 Forgotten Village - 1941 Sea of Cortez - 1941 The Moon Is Down - 1942 Bombs Away - 1942 Cannery Row – 1945 The Pearl – 1947 The Wayward Bus – 1947 A Russian Journal - 1948 Burning Bright - 1950 Log from the Sea of Cortez 1951 East of Eden - 1952 Sweet Thursday - 1954 The Short Reign of Pippin IV 1957 Once There Was A War - 1958 Winter of Our Discontent - 1961 Travels With Charley: In Search of America - 1962 America and Americans - 1966 Journal of a Novel - 1969 Viva Zapata - 1975 The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights - 1976 Working Days: The Journal of The Grapes of Wrath - 1989 The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath (newspaper articles written in 1936)
  7. 7. The Voice of the People • The American Dream is deep-rooted in the equality of all men in search of a better life. It includes faith, family, friends, community and freedom, as well as the opportunity to pursue prosperity, by owning a home and land with the aim of success to be achieved through persistence and hard work. • Steinbeck was often known through his writings as the voice of the people, as one in support of the American Dream and the defender for the common man both poor and downtrodden. Some of Steinbeck’s best-known works focus on the dilemmas of the dreadfully deprived and poor California migrant ranch hands, which, in the face of viciousness and violence of their situations, often achieve victory.
  8. 8. The Voice of the People cont’d Steinbeck is best known for writing about the common ordinary poor and oppressed people entrapped in an unjust world during the Great Depression. Steinbeck emphasizes in his writings that dreams and goals are essential in surviving the difficulties in this life.
  9. 9. Steinbeck’s Accomplishments Steinbeck’s most notable works are Of Mice and Men (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and East of Eden (1952) Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer prize or Fiction in 1940 In 1962 Steinbeck won a Nobel Prize (in literature) for his "realistic and imaginative writing, combining as it does sympathetic humor and keen social perception."
  10. 10. Steinbeck’s Death John Steinbeck died on December 20, 1968 in New York City Steinbeck’s cause of death was heart disease and congestive heart failure Steinbeck wished to be cremated upon his death. His ashes were buried with his parents and grandparents in Salinas, California. Steinbeck’s third wife, Elaine, was buried beside him in 2004.