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Biography Juvenile literature
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Clarion Books, ©1996
|Named Person:||John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck|
|Material Type:||Biography, Juvenile audience|
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|Description:||163 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm|
|Contents:||Harvest gypsies --
The magic --
A minstrel --
The fireflies of our thinking --
A truly American book --
A poem, a stink, a grating noise --
John Steinbeck, knight --
The old tailor.
|Responsibility:||by Catherine Reef ; illustrated with photographs.|
John Steinbeck wrote about life in America from the early twentieth century through the turbulent 1960s. A natural storyteller, Steinbeck combined firsthand experience, direct observation, and his belief in human goodness in stories that show deep feeling for common, working people. Whether describing displaced Dust Bowl farmers in The Grapes of Wrath; Mexican Americans in Tortilla Flat; or the colorful denizens of Monterey's Cannery Row, he created characters and events that are part of the nation's cultural and historical heritage. In search of stories, Steinbeck traveled America's farm roads and highways, explored Mexico and Europe, and got to know migrant workers, soldiers, presidents, and a king. He wrote about a variety of subjects in many forms: novels, short stories, plays, film scripts, and newspaper and magazine articles. But he always wrote with a keen interest in Americans and their world, and with the same purpose: "My whole work drive has been aimed at making people understand each other." This biography interweaves Steinbeck's experiences and excerpts from his writings, highlighting his skillful transformation of significant historical and social events into classics of American literature. Photographs of the writer, his subjects, and the America they experienced make this book a vivid chronicle of an important modern author and an extraordinary time in history.--Adapted from book jacket.