Roosevelt had just been reelected president. The country was recovering from the Great Depression, unions were developing, and child labor in manufacturing was terminated Jones She was one of the few women in her time to gain equality in a male-dominated society. For most women, liberation was a bitter fight usually ending in defeat.
His father was of German origin and was variously a bookkeeper, accountant, and manager, and he eventually became the treasurer of Monterey County. The elder Steinbeck was an avid gardener throughout his life, his son would always have to have a garden wherever he lived and a somewhat introspective man.
The later dichotomies observed in Steinbeck, between The life story of john steinbeck romantic and the hardheaded naturalist, between the dreamer and the masculine tough guy, may be partly accounted for by inheritance from the Irish and German strains of his parents.
The young Steinbeck had a local reputation as a loner and a bit of a dreamer. This last would remain an influence throughout his life, with many of his stories displaying Arthurian parallels and influences; the work which occupied much of his time in the last years of his life was a translation or redaction of the Arthurian stories, unfinished at his death.
Steinbeck grew to be a tall, gangly youth with broad shoulders, a barrel chest, and a large head. He early developed a fondness for words and a passion for language that was never to leave him. He was independent-minded, not to say stubborn, and as a freshman in high school determined to be a writer.
He was graduated from high school inat best an average student and athlete. For the next six years, he attended Stanford University on and off but never took a degree. As in high school, he took what interested him and cared little for other courses, even if required; the courses he took were those he thought would help him in his writing.
During his many vacations from Stanford Steinbeck worked for the local sugar company in the field and in the office; he also worked on ranches, on a dredging crew, and in the beet harvest. He came to know well the Mexican-American workers alongside whom he labored. He rather enjoyed working with his hands and was certainly throughout his life never afraid of hard work; he also became a notable handyman and maker of gadgets.
After leaving Stanford for good inhe worked sporadically during the next three years at a lodge in the High Sierra near Lake Tahoe as a caretaker and handyman. The job gave him much time, especially in the winter, for writing. Steinbeck briefly sought his fortune in New York, where he worked on construction and as a cub reporter.
He returned to California in the summer of Since his early years in high school, Steinbeck had been writing. Byhis apprenticeship could be said to be over: Ricketts, who was to have a notable effect upon the ideas and content of his further work.
The publication of Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown increased his critical reputation in narrow circles but did little for his finances or fame. Finally, the publication of Tortilla Flat made the breakthrough; the book was a best-seller and brought Steinbeck fame and money.
Though Steinbeck complained about lack of money for the rest of his career, after this date he was never in any financial distress. This book was the first full-length presentation of those themes and characters that have come to be particularly associated with Steinbeck.
He turned away from the mythic and legendary materials of Cup of Gold and To a God Unknown and dealt with contemporary issues, especially the plight of the socially and economically dispossessed. Steinbeck had earlier been interested, if only haphazardly, in natural science.
His naturalistic view of men, especially in groups, was at least reinforced by his friendship with Ricketts.
Ricketts was an exponent of nonteleological thinking seeing what is rather than what might be, should be, or could be. The most straightforward presentation of such views may be found in The Log from the Sea of Cortezby both Steinbeck and Ricketts.Early life John Ernst Steinbeck was born on February 27, , in Salinas, California, the only son of John Ernst Steinbeck Sr.
and Olive Hamilton. American author John Steinbeck is best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath. Learn more about his life and career at leslutinsduphoenix.com John Ernst Steinbeck was born on February 27, , in Salinas, California, the only son of John Ernst Steinbeck Sr.
and Olive Hamilton.
His father was a bookkeeper and accountant who served for many years as the treasurer of Monterey County, California. Steinbeck received his love of literature. Watch video · For more information about John Steinbeck's life and literature, visit the National Steinbeck Center.
The National Steinbeck Center is located at . Watch video · John Steinbeck was an American novelist whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, portrayed the plight of migrant workers during the Great Depression. People Nostalgia.
“Finally, we have the story of Gwen, also known as Gwyn, John Steinbecks’s second wife and mother of his two sons. Her story is the missing piece of the jigsaw that was John Steinbeck, a flawed genius.