John Steinbeck

Cecilia Donohue (Independent Scholar - North America)
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As a prizewinning author of at least four major novels and several short stories and novellas of note, as well as nonfiction works in multiple genres and notably important contributions to journalism, John Steinbeck was a “household name” both in the United States and abroad throughout the middle and late twentieth century. His works remain popular to this day. Middle school students are highly likely to read

The Pearl


The Red Pony

in language arts classrooms. High school students are assigned

The Grapes of Wrath


Of Mice and Men

as required texts. And this month (July, 2003), American talk show icon Oprah Winfrey selected

East of Eden

as the initial novel for her resurrected, classics-focused book discussion series. Where Steinbeck has largely disappeared is on…

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Citation: Donohue, Cecilia. "John Steinbeck". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 July 2003 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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