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.

East Of Eden & The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck HCDJ early BCE (52816) East Of Eden & The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck HCDJ early BCE (52816) PayPal
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John Steinbeck Bibliography. By Adrian H Goldstone and John R Payne. Fine Copy John Steinbeck Bibliography. By Adrian H Goldstone and John R Payne. Fine Copy PayPal
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1967 OF MICE AND MEN by John STEINBECK Paperback VGC 1967 OF MICE AND MEN by John STEINBECK Paperback VGC PayPal
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Steinbeck,  John. The Winter Of Our Discontent. Goldstone Payne A38b Steinbeck, John. The Winter Of Our Discontent. Goldstone Payne A38b PayPal
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The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 1940 11th Prtg The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 1940 11th Prtg PayPal
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THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT JOHN STEINBECK HC 1961 First Edition Viking Press THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT JOHN STEINBECK HC 1961 First Edition Viking Press PayPal
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The Indispensible Steinbeck,  Intro by Lewis Gannett,  1950,  The Book Society The Indispensible Steinbeck, Intro by Lewis Gannett, 1950, The Book Society PayPal
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1947  John Steinbeck  The Wayward Bus  1st Edition 3rd Printing  HBDJ 1947 John Steinbeck The Wayward Bus 1st Edition 3rd Printing HBDJ PayPal
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Tortilla Flat  Book (John Steinbeck - 1965) (ID:35190) Tortilla Flat Book (John Steinbeck - 1965) (ID:35190) PayPal
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The Pearl  John Steinbeck 1966 Vintage Paperback Very Good The Pearl John Steinbeck 1966 Vintage Paperback Very Good PayPal
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TORTILLA FLAT John Steinbeck  Complete Good Condition. TORTILLA FLAT John Steinbeck Complete Good Condition. PayPal
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SWEET THURSDAY BY JOHN STEINBECK 1954 FIRST EDITION VIKING PRESS SWEET THURSDAY BY JOHN STEINBECK 1954 FIRST EDITION VIKING PRESS PayPal
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IN DUBIOUS BATTLE by John Steinbeck,  1947 in DJ IN DUBIOUS BATTLE by John Steinbeck, 1947 in DJ PayPal
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SWEET THURSDAY by John Steinbeck First Book Club Edition SWEET THURSDAY by John Steinbeck First Book Club Edition PayPal
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John Steinbeck 'Cannery Row' Book Club Edition,  1945 1st John Steinbeck 'Cannery Row' Book Club Edition, 1945 1st PayPal
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THE PEARL BY JOHN STEINBECK - PAPERBACK 1966 ED 43RD PRINT THE PEARL BY JOHN STEINBECK - PAPERBACK 1966 ED 43RD PRINT PayPal
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THE WAYWARD BUS-JOHN STEINBECK-1ST PRINTING-2ND STATE BINDING-1947 THE WAYWARD BUS-JOHN STEINBECK-1ST PRINTING-2ND STATE BINDING-1947 PayPal
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Novels 1942-1952 John Steinbeck Library of America #132 HBk Slipcase FINE FINE Novels 1942-1952 John Steinbeck Library of America #132 HBk Slipcase FINE FINE PayPal
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John Steinbeck AMERICA AND AMERICANS The Viking Press 1966 John Steinbeck AMERICA AND AMERICANS The Viking Press 1966 PayPal
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EASTON PRESS 8 MASTERPIECES FROM VAROUS AUTHORS DE FOE,  POE,  STEINBECK EASTON PRESS 8 MASTERPIECES FROM VAROUS AUTHORS DE FOE, POE, STEINBECK PayPal
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