Born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California to John Ernst Steinbeck, who served as Monterey County treasurer, and Olive Hamilton, a former school teacher who shared young John's love of reading. They lived in a rural town that was surrounded by some of the country's most fertile land. John spent his summers working on nearby ranches and later with migrant workers. He became familiar with the harsher aspects of migrant life and the darker side of human nature, material he would later express in such works as Of Mice and Men.
Steinbeck's father supported him in his dream of becoming a writer and supplied him with lodgings, paper for manuscripts and, when necessary, cash. John published four books between 1929 and 1933 but achieved his first critical success with the novel Tortilla Flat (1935), which won the California Commonwealth Club's Gold Medal.¹ read more
"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."
"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."
"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance."
"If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last."
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