The author of Of Mice and Men is John Steinbeck. John was born in Salinas, California, on the 27th of February 1902. John had two older sisters and one younger sister, making him the only son to his parents. The Steinbeck’s family was not wealthy, but they did hold much significance in their small community due to their involvement around Salinas. Unlike his family, John wanted little to do with their small community and was seen as a rebel. John locked himself away in his room, shutting out the real world spending in in his own, where he would write short stories and poems. (Shillinglaw)
After spending a majority of his teenage years locked away with disdain from his family, he wanted to do something to please his parents, and decided to go to Stanford University to get a college degree. John went to Stanford and took classes that he saw as pleasing, with many of them being literature related classes. At Stanford, he joined the English club where he read many of his writing aloud. It soon became clear to John that he was meant to be a writer and in 1925 he subsequently left Stanford without a degree to begin his life. (Shillinglaw)
After leaving Stanford, John found himself writing as a newspaper reporter in New York City. Eventually, he left the city and returned home to California. John found a job managing an estate in Lake Tahoe. While in Lake Tahoe John meet a woman named Carol Henning, who he eventually wed, and finished the writing the first drafts of his first book, Cup of Gold. (Shillinglaw)
After the wedding of himself and Carol in 1930, John relocated with his new wife to the Pacific coast. Carol became the bread-winner of the family and John spent his days writing. Carol not only worked but also helped John with his writings- typing manuscripts, editing the words, and suggesting titles. It was during this period of time that John wrote his best books, such as Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck’s constant writing during this time exhausted him, causing him to abandon literature for two years to travel with Carol and best friend, Ed, in 1940. (Shillinglaw)
Eventually John and Carol’s marriage began to fall apart and the two divorced in 1943. John moved on quickly and was marriage to Gwyndolen Conger in the same year. The two moved east together and had two sons, Thomas and John. Unlike his previous marriage this marriage fell apart rather quickly, ending in divorce in 1948, just some five years later. Around the same time John’s best friend Ed died in a car crash, sending John into a yearlong depression. (Shillinglaw)
In 1950, John was brought out of his depression when he met and married Elaine Scott. The two were seen as jet-setter, traveling anywhere and everywhere. His work, which had been lackluster since his successful novels of the 30’s, were once again genius and inspired. The most successful book from this period was East of Eden. Eventually John and Elaine settled down in New York City,...