John Ernst Steinbeck

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(February 27, 1902 December 20, 1968) was one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, he wrote Of Mice and Men (1937) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), both of which examine the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and subsequent Great Depression.
Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters, and his stories drew on real historical conditions and events in the first half of the 20th century. His body of work reflects his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology.
Seventeen of his works, including Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947), and East of Eden (1952), went on to become Hollywood films (some appeared multiple times, i.e. as remakes), and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.
 
Major Works
 

Of Mice and Men


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Of Mice and Men is a tragedy that was written in the form of a play in 1937. The story is about two traveling ranch workers, George and Lennie, trying to work up enough money to buy their own farm/Ranch. It encompasses themes of racism, loneliness, prejudice against the mentally ill, and the struggle for personal independence. Along with Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and The Pearl, Of Mice and Men is one of Steinbeck's best known works. It was made into a movie three times, in 1939 starring Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr., and Betty Field, in 1982 starring Randy Quaid, Robert Blake and Ted Neeley, and in 1992 starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich.

The Grapes of Wrath


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The Grapes of Wrath was written in 1939 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. The book is set in the Great Depression and describes a family of sharecroppers, the Joads, who were driven from their land due to the dust storms of the Dust Bowl. The title is a reference to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The book was made into a film in 1940 starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford.

East of Eden


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Steinbeck deals with the nature of good and evil in this Salinas Valley saga. The story follows two families: the Hamiltons - based on Steinbeck's own maternal ancestry - and the Trasks, reprising stories about the Biblical Adam and his progeny. The book was published in 1952.

Travels With Charley


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In 1960, Steinbeck bought a pickup truck and had it modified with a custom-built camper top - rare for that day - and drove across the United States with his faithful poodle, Charley. In this sometimes comical, sometimes melancholic book, Steinbeck describes what he sees from Maine to Montana to California, and from there to Texas and Louisiana and back to his home in Long Island. The restored camper truck is on exhibit in the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California.
 
 

 

John Steinbeck Signature

In recent years, we have seen numberous forgeries of Steinbeck's signatures selling on the net. Unfortunately, the buyers think they are getting the real deal because they are persuaded by pictures or enticing descriptions. Can you identify the authentic signature from these five Steinbeck books? Link

The attached file are some collected pics of his signature. The one from the Red Pony is forged.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH FIRST EDITION John Steinbeck 1st ED Leather Bound Printing THE GRAPES OF WRATH FIRST EDITION John Steinbeck 1st ED Leather Bound Printing PayPal
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1953-THE SHORT NOVELS OF JOHN STEINBECK-TORTILLA, PONY, MICE, CANNERY+ 1953-THE SHORT NOVELS OF JOHN STEINBECK-TORTILLA, PONY, MICE, CANNERY+ PayPal
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RARE 1947 FIRST EDITION FIRST STATE JOHN STEINBECK THE WAYWARD BUS WITH DJ RARE 1947 FIRST EDITION FIRST STATE JOHN STEINBECK THE WAYWARD BUS WITH DJ PayPal
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1942 FIRST EDITION JOHN STEINBECK THE MOON IS DOWN WITH DUST JACKET 1942 FIRST EDITION JOHN STEINBECK THE MOON IS DOWN WITH DUST JACKET PayPal
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Vintage 1976 John Steinbeck The Red Pony A BANTAM BOOK Vintage 1976 John Steinbeck The Red Pony A BANTAM BOOK PayPal
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JOHN STEINBECK Complete & Unabridged (1979 Hardcover) 5 books in 1 volume JOHN STEINBECK Complete & Unabridged (1979 Hardcover) 5 books in 1 volume PayPal
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THE WAYWARD BUS Steinbeck '47 True 1st 1st partial DJ Stated "Haddon Craftsman" THE WAYWARD BUS Steinbeck '47 True 1st 1st partial DJ Stated "Haddon Craftsman" PayPal
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On sale! Grapes of Wrath,  Steinbeck,  Thomas Hart Benton signed numbered 1st Ed On sale! Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck, Thomas Hart Benton signed numbered 1st Ed PayPal
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1937 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 1st BCE Covici Friede HB 1937 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 1st BCE Covici Friede HB PayPal
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1959 John Steinbeck Once There Was a War 1st British Edition Military Articles 1959 John Steinbeck Once There Was a War 1st British Edition Military Articles MOCC
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JOHN  STEINBECK  WINTER  OF  OUR  DISCONTENT  1961  1st  BCE Classic Literature JOHN STEINBECK WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT 1961 1st BCE Classic Literature PayPal
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John Steinbeck - From The Franklin Library Collection 1977 John Steinbeck - From The Franklin Library Collection 1977 PayPal
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THE PEARL by John Steinbeck  $2.00 1st issue jacket VG+ Orozco -1st 1st 1947 THE PEARL by John Steinbeck $2.00 1st issue jacket VG+ Orozco -1st 1st 1947 PayPal
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The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck -Hardcover The Sun Dial Press 1941 The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck -Hardcover The Sun Dial Press 1941 PayPal
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The Short Novels Of John Steinbeck by John Steinbeck,  1976 Hardback The Short Novels Of John Steinbeck by John Steinbeck, 1976 Hardback PayPal
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The Long Valley. John Steinbeck -Hardcover The Sun Dial Press 1941 The Long Valley. John Steinbeck -Hardcover The Sun Dial Press 1941 PayPal
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JOHN STEINBECK East of Eden FIRST EDITION JOHN STEINBECK East of Eden FIRST EDITION PayPal
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3 Vintage Hardcovers by John Steinbeck 3 Vintage Hardcovers by John Steinbeck PayPal
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JOHN STEINBECK East of Eden FIRST EDITION JOHN STEINBECK East of Eden FIRST EDITION PayPal
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John Steinbeck The Winter of Our Discontent 1961 Book club edition John Steinbeck The Winter of Our Discontent 1961 Book club edition PayPal
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