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John Steinbeck

Birthdate: 27. February 1902
Date of death: 20. December 1968
Other names: John Ernst Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. was an American author. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." He has been called "a giant of American letters," and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.During his writing career, he authored 33 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row , the multi-generation epic East of Eden , and the novellas Of Mice and Men and The Red Pony . The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies.Most of Steinbeck's work is set in central California, particularly in the Salinas Valley and the California Coast Ranges region. His works frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as applied to downtrodden or everyman protagonists. Wikipedia

Works

East of Eden
East of Eden
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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
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The Grapes of Wrath
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Cannery Row
Cannery Row
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The Pearl
The Pearl
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Sweet Thursday
Sweet Thursday
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Burning Bright
Burning Bright
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The Wayward Bus
The Wayward Bus
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Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat
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The Moon Is Down
The Moon Is Down
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Journal of a Novel
Journal of a Novel
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Once There Was a War
Once There Was a War
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America and Americans
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To a God Unknown
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„And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.“

—  John Steinbeck, book East of Eden

Source: East of Eden

„I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Source: Travels with Charley: In Search of America

„All great and precious things are lonely.“

—  John Steinbeck, book East of Eden

Source: East of Eden

„I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.“

—  John Steinbeck, book East of Eden

Variant: My father said she was a strong woman, and I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is almost indestructible.
Source: East of Eden

„For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?“

—  John Steinbeck, book Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Variant: What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
Source: Travels with Charley: In Search of America

„Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.“

—  John Steinbeck

Interview with Robert van Gelder (April 1947), as quoted in John Steinbeck : A Biography (1994) by Jay Parini

„In every bit of honest writing in the world … there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.“

—  John Steinbeck

Journal entry (1938), quoted in the Introduction to a 1994 edition of Of Mice and Men by Susan Shillinglaw, p. vii
Context: In every bit of honest writing in the world … there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.

„I guess there are never enough books.“

—  John Steinbeck

Source: A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

„There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.“

—  John Steinbeck, book East of Eden

Source: East of Eden

„To be alive at all is to have scars.“

—  John Steinbeck, book The Winter of Our Discontent

Source: The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Part One, Chapter VI

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