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 Moon is Down  John Steinbeck  1st edition 1st printing 1942 Hardcover The Moon is Down John Steinbeck 1st edition 1st printing 1942 Hardcover PayPal
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1962 Travels with Charley Steinbeck HBDJ BOMC 1962 Travels with Charley Steinbeck HBDJ BOMC PayPal
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MICE AND MEN-JOHN STEINBECK-1937-COLLECTABLE BOOK W DJ-BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE! MICE AND MEN-JOHN STEINBECK-1937-COLLECTABLE BOOK W DJ-BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE! PayPal
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Tortilla Flat Steinbeck 1935 collier hard cover rare great mint condition Tortilla Flat Steinbeck 1935 collier hard cover rare great mint condition PayPal
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JOHN STEINBECK 1st 1st Acts of King Arthur 1976 HB DW Farrar First A NICE COPY ! JOHN STEINBECK 1st 1st Acts of King Arthur 1976 HB DW Farrar First A NICE COPY ! MOCC
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The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck  1961 HCDJ - 1st edition - LUD The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck 1961 HCDJ - 1st edition - LUD PayPal
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John Steinbeck THE GRAPES OF WRATH First Edition,  4th Printing John Steinbeck THE GRAPES OF WRATH First Edition, 4th Printing PayPal
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1998 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Folio Society slipcase - LOTF 1998 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Folio Society slipcase - LOTF PayPal
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Cannery Row by John Steinbeck 1945, 1st Ed. Printing Yellow Boards Viking HC WW2 Cannery Row by John Steinbeck 1945, 1st Ed. Printing Yellow Boards Viking HC WW2 PayPal
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The Pearl John Steinbeck First Edition 1st Hardcover 1947 FREE SHIPPING! The Pearl John Steinbeck First Edition 1st Hardcover 1947 FREE SHIPPING! PayPal
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A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck 1st Edition 1948 A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck 1st Edition 1948 PayPal
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vintage BANTAM paperbacks by STEINBECK: GRAPES WRATH,  cannery row BURNING BRIGHT vintage BANTAM paperbacks by STEINBECK: GRAPES WRATH, cannery row BURNING BRIGHT PayPal
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THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT by John Steinbeck (1961 Viking Press) Hard Cover THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT by John Steinbeck (1961 Viking Press) Hard Cover PayPal
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ICONIC AUTHOR JOHN STEINBECK: The Grapes of Wrath ICONIC AUTHOR JOHN STEINBECK: The Grapes of Wrath PayPal
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The Forgotten Village  John Steinbeck 1st edition,  2nd print H C D J 1947 USA The Forgotten Village John Steinbeck 1st edition, 2nd print H C D J 1947 USA PayPal
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" THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT "John Steinbeck 1961 First Edition First Printing " THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT "John Steinbeck 1961 First Edition First Printing PayPal
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THE ACTS OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS NOBLE KNIGHTS - JOHN STEINBECK THE ACTS OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS NOBLE KNIGHTS - JOHN STEINBECK PayPal
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1947 The PEARL by JOHN STEINBECK PB BOOK * NICE PAINTED COVER ART BANTAM 1947 The PEARL by JOHN STEINBECK PB BOOK * NICE PAINTED COVER ART BANTAM PayPal
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 VINTAGE  1961  WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT   BY JOHN STEINBECK   HC. VIKING VINTAGE 1961 WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT BY JOHN STEINBECK HC. VIKING PayPal
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Nobel Prize Library - Faulkner ,  O'Neill ,  Steinbeck 1971 Hardcover Nobel Prize Library - Faulkner , O'Neill , Steinbeck 1971 Hardcover PayPal
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