Rough Style and Acclaimed Fame

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John Steinbeck, one of the most influential writers of modern literature. A man with unparalleled thoughts, and unbridled emotions. But who was John Steinbeck? He was born in Salinas, California to parents John and Olivia. In sunny California he grew into a fine, well educated young man. Attending Stanford University to further his education, he dropped out before to pursue a writing career in New York. Once there, he tried to establish himself as a freelance writer. Unfortunately, he failed in his attempts. Not comfortable with his failure, but knowing he always had the support of his family Steinbeck returned to California. Back in the comfortable surroundings of home, he published many short stories and poems. These short stories and poems did not reach the popularity Steinbeck had hoped. Eventually his hard work was rewarded with the success of Tortilla Flats, a series of short stories. While writing Tortilla Flats, and after it’s completion, Steinbeck took on a series of odd jobs. These jobs, ironically, were also attempted by the main characters of his literature (cited in bio.com/johnstienbeck). Now why would an author do this? John did it simply to portray an accurate sense of the task to his readers. John Steinbeck Continue...


The transcendental values show most prominently when he grabs his dog, leaving everything that he had worked for and earned. In each of Steinbeck's novels you can feel his sense of purpose and reasoning. John Steinbeck remains today a writer who holds a dramatic impact on modern literature. One thing that is commonly missed in Steinbeck's work is the vernacular or common lexicon. The "Great Depression was far from great. No one person or group in these days of desolation could argue because if you were employed, you were earning money. This example truly shows what transcendentalism was all about. Most of these writers agree that Steinbeck's book is a eulogy of transcendental values and sentimentalism. Almost one third of America's work force was unemployed. However, the main reason for Steinbeck's actions is so that the people he chooses to write about have that same fulfillment he felt in doing it. This gives Steinbeck the feeling of being fulfilled in a way that he can't describe. It can be argued that Steinbeck took on these jobs to portray an accurate since of what these people as human beings had to endure during this time period, both physical and emotional. All of this just to go on a bonding adventure with his dog. An example of this hypothesis can be found in Dubious Battle.