John Steinbeck | First Editions

1902 - 1968

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. His most popular works include the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937). The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece, and is part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies.

His works are widely read abroad and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature. Indeed, Of Men and Men has been an integral feature of the UK English GCSE syllabus for many years. The majority of his works are set in southern and central California, and are typically centred upon the themes of fate and injustice, and 'everyman' protagonists.

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