The Life Of John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck born in Salinas, California on February 27th, 1902. He is the only son of his parents. His father was a bookkeeper and accountant. His mother influenced him with his love for literature. His favorite novel, Sir Thomas Malory’s (c. 1408–1471) Le Morte d’Arthur, had a significant impact on his writing and decided to he wanted to become a writer in high school. He also had an interest in sports.
Steinbeck attended Stanford University and worked as a laboratory assistant for six years to support himself. He only took courses that interest him without pursuing a degree. In 1925, he decided to move to New York, and he worked as a reporter and a constructor at Madison Square Garden. This allowed him to accumulate ideas and experience for his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929), but it turns out to be a novel of failure.
He was very disheartened and decided to return to California, where he was inspired by the farm life to write his collection of short stories, The Pastures of Heaven (1932). His other novel, In Dubious Battle (1936), he focuses on the unfair treatment of workers and, his famous short story, Of Mice and Men (1937, illustrated the friendship between two migrant farm laborers.