Who is John Steinbeck?

John SteinbeckJohn Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (born February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California – died December 20, 1968 in NYC, New York) was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). He wrote 27 books in total, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. In 1962, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature for his “realistic and imaginative writing, combining as it does sympathetic humor and keen social perception.” Privately, he felt he did not deserve the honor. (Excerpt from Wikipedia.org)

More information: Wikipedia | A brief literary biography | Nobel Laureate (1962) page | National Steinbeck Center | Center for Steinbeck Studies |

Bibliography See also this great illustrated bibliography, with a brief "top 10" of Steinbeck's "best" books.
  1. Cup of Gold (1927)
  2. The Pastures of Heaven (1932)
  3. The Red Pony (1933)
  4. To a God Unknown (1933)
  5. Tortilla Flat (1935)
  6. The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath (1936)
  7. In Dubious Battle (1936)
  8. Of Mice and Men (1937)
  9. The Long Valley (1938)
  10. The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
  11. Forgotten Village (1941)
  12. Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research (1941)
  13. The Moon Is Down (1942)
  14. Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team (1942)
  15. Cannery Row (1945)
  16. The Wayward Bus (1947)
  17. The Pearl (1947)
  18. A Russian Journal (1948)
  19. Burning Bright (1950)
  20. The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951)
  21. East of Eden (1952)
  22. Sweet Thursday (1954)
  23. The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957)
  24. Once There Was A War (1958)
  25. The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)
  26. Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)
  27. America and Americans (1966)
  28. Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969)
  29. Viva Zapata! (1975)
  30. The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976)
  31. Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989)