John Steinbeck’s Influence as an Author

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John Steinbeck’s Influence as an Author John Steinbeck is an American author widely read n schools and by the public. He was born in Salinas, California in 1902, and documents the social conditions of the early century. When he first began his writing career in New York, he was unsuccessful and it wasn’t until1935, that he gained recognition as an outstanding author. He has since become highly popular for his work and personal style. Steinbeck is considered to be a proletarian author which is a writer that deals with the “social plight of the worker”(Owens, p.2) Steinbeck has a keen social perception and writes stories about people. In able for him to do this, he does extensive research on the human conditions. Steinbeck once mentioned, “I am trying to write history as it is happening and I don’t want to be wrong” (Owens, P.2). Steinbeck honestly writes about economic conditions, which offers education of society. Most novels in the 1930’s are about commu Continue...


He has written books that have been read for long time, and will probably continue to be read for a long time to come. Steinbeck was criticized a great amount for writing the novel The Grapes of Wrath, because it was revolutionary and the first of its kind to show the difficult social and economic conditions. Steinbeck says " The reader, he must also identify himself with the migrants, and feel on a personal level their loss, their hope, their frustration and futility, their enduring strength (Owens, P. I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature. John Steinbeck received his first real recognition with Tortilla Flats in 1935, when he received the California Commonwealth Clubs Gold Medal. John Steinbeck has had a great social impact and studying is done about him mostly in the United States and Japan as well as Canada. Two of his books, Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath were made into movies and became top money makers. Steinbeck realistically portrays the migrant workers as song-willed. nists or fiction, but Steinbeck has his own style. His inspiration to write in this fashion came from within himself. It once was thought that Steinbeck was sympathetic to communists, but really he was sympathetic to migrant labor workers, and he resented the materialistic middle-class. Grapes of Wrath also won best picture in 1940. The Nobel Prize in literature was also awarded to him for his realistic and imaginative writing.