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Born: February 27, 1902 - Salinas, California
Died: December 20, 1968 - New York, New York

Excerpt from The Grapes of Wrath

Ihey were not farm men any more, but migrant men. And the thought, the planning, the long staring silence that had gone out to the fields, went now to the roads, to the distance, to the West. That man whose mind had been bound with acres lived with narrow concrete miles. And his thought and his worry were not any more with rainfall, with wind and dust, with the thrust of the crops. Eyes watched the tires, ears listened to the clattering motors, and minds struggled with oil, with gasoline, with the thinning rubber between air and road. Then a broken gear was tragedy.

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Teaching Topics in Social Studies

The Grapes of Wrath realistically depicts the lives of OKLAHOMA MIGRANTS and CALIFORNIA GROWERS during the DEPRESSION ERA. The book CHRONICLES the DUST BOWL MIGRATION of the 1930s.

Teaching Topics in Language Arts
In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck uses LANGUAGE which EVOKES both the IMAGINATION and EMOTIONS. His FOLKLORIC STYLE
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John Steinbeck had many jobs during his lifetime. Name at least four of them.
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which he published in BOOKS and MAGAZINES. He later went on to EDIT a newspaper, but he always continued with his LITERARY CRITIQUE. He also enjoyed writing LETTERS to literary colleagues. Mencken is probably best known for American Language, which gives examples of IDIOMS and American expressions.

Facts About John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath
  • John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. Salinas is known as the "salad bowl of the nation"
  • Throughout his life, Steinbeck used Pigasus, a flying pig, to symbolize himself. Some of his reasons for doing so - "a lumbering soul but trying to fly" and "not enough wingspread but plenty of intention"
  • Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath in 1940. In 1962, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Steinbeck was a war correspondent during World War II
  • In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson presented John Steinbeck with a United States Medal of Freedom
  • The Grapes of Wrath is considered to be Steinbeck's finest work. It was made into a movie with Henry Fonda playing Tom Joad

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