John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968) was an American writer of novels and short stories. Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden are some of his most widely read books. He’s well-known for portraying California migrant workers during the Depression. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. After literary critics denounced the choice, even Steinbeck said he didn’t think he deserved the award. In 2012, the Nobel Prize committee opened its archives and notes revealed that Steinbeck was a “compromise choice” in a pool of unqualified candidates. Hard to believe!
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