The Amazing John Steinbeck Essay

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John Ernest Steinbeck Jr. was born February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. (The Biography Channel) His family was never wealthy, but they were middle-class, and his father John Ernest Steinbeck had several jobs to keep food on the table, and his mother Olive Hamilton was a school teacher. He was the third child of four children, and all of his siblings were girls. His father owned a feed-and-grain store, managed a flour shop, and was Monterrey County treasurer. (The Biography Channel) His father was a mason and his mother was a member of Eastern Star. (ANB) John Steinbeck sr. and Olive Hamilton were immigrants and were very rooted into the community; they established their identities this way. His parents believed it was good to expose their children to culture when they were little. They went to the theater often in San Francisco. His parents also had a variety of literature in the house for the children to read. Steinbeck’s biggest influence in his career was when he had been given a copy of Malory’s Morte d’Arthur at the age of nine. (Stephan) His mother and John Steinbeck's family lived in the "fertile agricultural valley,” and with that he formed an appreciation early for the Salinas Valley land, which he used in most of his later novels. (Wyatt) As a kid Steinbeck was shy and quite, but very smart. At the age of fifteen Steinbeck was "encouraged by his freshman English teacher to write," (ANB) and from then he knew he wanted to become a writer. He would often lock himself away in his bedroom and write. After high school he worked as a laborer in a sugar factory in Salinas, California, a laborer in mills, and a ranch hand. (Stephan)
In 1919, John Steinbeck decided to go to Stanford University, only for the sake of his parents, and while he was there he only enrolled in basic writing, classical and British literature, creative writing, and some science classes. (The Biography Channel) During his time at Stanford he worked with "migrant and itinerant workers and this deepened his empathy for the working, disenfranchised, the lonely, and the disclosed." (ANB) He left Stanford six years later without a degree, and for the next five years went on to supporting himself with his jobs. He worked as a laborer, then a journalist for a New York City newspaper. He later moved back to California where he became a caretaker for an estate on Lake Tahoe. He worked there for three years and during this that time he wrote several drafts of his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). (ANB) While he was there he was trying to woo a young lady named Carol. They later married in 1930 and moved to Steinbeck's family summer house. With Carol's support and encouragement Steinbeck continued his writings; she went to look for a job while he went head first into his works.
After his marriage to Carol Steinbeck published two fictions, Pastures of Heaven (1932), which is about the pain of people trying to help other people, To...

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