John Steinbeck/of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck is very well known throughout the world for his literary accomplishments. He was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1940 and the Noble Prize in literature in 1962 as well as many others. Born John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. February 26, 1902 in
Salinas, California. His father was the Monterey County Treasurer and his mother was a school teacher. It was from his mother that he gained is love and passion for reading and writing.
Steinbeck grew up in a small migrant town. He spent his summers working on nearby ranches.
Often times he worked with Migrant workers. It was through this work that he acquired much of his material for his novel “Of Mice and Men” Working on a ranch alongside the Migrant workers introduced him to the wicked side of migrant life and the darker side of human nature.
He saw into the harsher aspects of the loneliness and isolation that many of the workers lived with. “Of Mice and Men” was actually first written for the stage and then adapted into the novel we know today. John Steinbeck is also known for other great works such as “The Grapes of Wrath” “Tortilla Flats” “The Red Pony” and “East Of Eden”. “Of Mice and Men” is a novel that describes the life of George Milton and his best friend
Lennie Small whose mental disability gives him the mind of a small child. The relationship the two men share given the insight of loneliness is quite unique. Migrant workers are mostly loners. Men that travel from ranch to ranch looking for work. Anytime George and Lennie are able to secure employment, they are forced to leave and escape from mistakes made by
Lennie. Even after all they go through with their intense work schedules one day they hope it all pays off. Their dream is to one day own a piece of land, a place to call their own. The story is about friendship,
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