John Ernst Steinbeck

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(February 27, 1902 December 20, 1968) was one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, he wrote Of Mice and Men (1937) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), both of which examine the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and subsequent Great Depression.
Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters, and his stories drew on real historical conditions and events in the first half of the 20th century. His body of work reflects his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology.
Seventeen of his works, including Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947), and East of Eden (1952), went on to become Hollywood films (some appeared multiple times, i.e. as remakes), and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.
 
Major Works
 

Of Mice and Men


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Of Mice and Men is a tragedy that was written in the form of a play in 1937. The story is about two traveling ranch workers, George and Lennie, trying to work up enough money to buy their own farm/Ranch. It encompasses themes of racism, loneliness, prejudice against the mentally ill, and the struggle for personal independence. Along with Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and The Pearl, Of Mice and Men is one of Steinbeck's best known works. It was made into a movie three times, in 1939 starring Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr., and Betty Field, in 1982 starring Randy Quaid, Robert Blake and Ted Neeley, and in 1992 starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich.

The Grapes of Wrath


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The Grapes of Wrath was written in 1939 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. The book is set in the Great Depression and describes a family of sharecroppers, the Joads, who were driven from their land due to the dust storms of the Dust Bowl. The title is a reference to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The book was made into a film in 1940 starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford.

East of Eden


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Steinbeck deals with the nature of good and evil in this Salinas Valley saga. The story follows two families: the Hamiltons - based on Steinbeck's own maternal ancestry - and the Trasks, reprising stories about the Biblical Adam and his progeny. The book was published in 1952.

Travels With Charley


For more details on this topic, see Travels With Charley: In Search of America.
In 1960, Steinbeck bought a pickup truck and had it modified with a custom-built camper top - rare for that day - and drove across the United States with his faithful poodle, Charley. In this sometimes comical, sometimes melancholic book, Steinbeck describes what he sees from Maine to Montana to California, and from there to Texas and Louisiana and back to his home in Long Island. The restored camper truck is on exhibit in the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California.
 
 

 

John Steinbeck Signature

In recent years, we have seen numberous forgeries of Steinbeck's signatures selling on the net. Unfortunately, the buyers think they are getting the real deal because they are persuaded by pictures or enticing descriptions. Can you identify the authentic signature from these five Steinbeck books? Link

The attached file are some collected pics of his signature. The one from the Red Pony is forged.

Easton Press OF MICE AND MEN JOHN STEINBECK Leather NEW SEALED Easton Press OF MICE AND MEN JOHN STEINBECK Leather NEW SEALED PayPal
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THE STEINBECK POCKET BOOK - JOHN STEINBECK - 1ST. PAPERBACK EDITION - 1943 THE STEINBECK POCKET BOOK - JOHN STEINBECK - 1ST. PAPERBACK EDITION - 1943 PayPal
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1959 John Steinbeck Once There Was a War 1st British Edition Military Articles 1959 John Steinbeck Once There Was a War 1st British Edition Military Articles MOCC
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The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939 1st Printing The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939 1st Printing PayPal
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John Steinbeck First Edition MEXICO FORGOTTEN VILLAGE 1941 Illustrated Photos John Steinbeck First Edition MEXICO FORGOTTEN VILLAGE 1941 Illustrated Photos PayPal
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The Winter Of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck 1961 Hardcover 1st The Winter Of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck 1961 Hardcover 1st PayPal
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The Forgotten Village,  1st 1st,  John Steinbeck,  1941 - Viking  - VGood The Forgotten Village, 1st 1st, John Steinbeck, 1941 - Viking - VGood PayPal
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John Steinbeck   Burning Bright A Play in Story Form 1950 Lit - Modern 1st ed John Steinbeck Burning Bright A Play in Story Form 1950 Lit - Modern 1st ed PayPal
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John Steinbeck   America & Americans 1966 Lit - Modern First Edition John Steinbeck America & Americans 1966 Lit - Modern First Edition PayPal
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the book two-in-one by john steinbeck the book two-in-one by john steinbeck PayPal
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Easton Press THE NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES by John Steinbeck in 6 vols Easton Press THE NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES by John Steinbeck in 6 vols PayPal
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"The Wayward Bus" by John Steinbeck. Hardcover Printed by H. Wolff 1947 Fiction "The Wayward Bus" by John Steinbeck. Hardcover Printed by H. Wolff 1947 Fiction PayPal
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The Grapes of Wrath ~ by John Steinbeck ~ Second Printing First Edition ~ The Grapes of Wrath ~ by John Steinbeck ~ Second Printing First Edition ~ PayPal
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THE SHORT REIGN OF PIPPIN 1V -   JOHN STEINBECK - 1ST U.K. EDITION - 1957 THE SHORT REIGN OF PIPPIN 1V - JOHN STEINBECK - 1ST U.K. EDITION - 1957 PayPal
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The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck,  1961 hard cover The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck, 1961 hard cover PayPal
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The Grapes of Wrath,  Steinbeck,  Early Printing of First Edition The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck, Early Printing of First Edition PayPal
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Rare First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent 1961 Rare First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent 1961 PayPal
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THE MOON IS DOWN By John Steinbeck THE MOON IS DOWN By John Steinbeck PayPal
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THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE By JOHN STEINBECK 1941 second pri THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE By JOHN STEINBECK 1941 second pri PayPal
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John Steinbeck - The Winter of our Discontent - RUSSIAN 1st edition 1962 John Steinbeck - The Winter of our Discontent - RUSSIAN 1st edition 1962 PayPal
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