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FC: John Steinbeck: An American Classic | By Brandon Wells

1: He was born in Salinas, California. | John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902.

2: His father worked three jobs to keep his family fed. | His family owned a feed and Grain store

3: He had three sisters | He had a very happy childhood.

4: His mother was a school-teacher. | He dropped out of school in 1925.

5: John wanted to be a writer at the age of 14. | He lived in New York Briefly.

6: He moved back to California and became a construction worker. | It was then when John wrote his first book, Cup of Gold, in 1929.

7: Shortly after he married his first wife Carol. | His next book, The Pastures of Heaven, was not very popular.

8: His next book, To a God Unknown (1933), received very mellow reviews. | But when he wrote Tortilla Flat in 1935, he became more popular.

9: He took a more serious tone with In Dubious Battle (1936).

10: His most famous and popular book, The Grapes of Wrath, was published in 1939. | At the height of it's popularity, The Grapes of Wrath sold about 10,000 copies a week.

11: He received many medals including the California Common Club's Gold Medal for best novel by a California author. | In 1938, he received the New York Drama Circle award.

12: He won many awards for The Grapes of Wrath including the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize. | In 1962 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

13: He won the United States Medal of Freedom in 1964. | John died on December 20, 1968 at 66 years old.

14: Cup of Gold (1927) List of His Written Works The Pastures of Heaven (1932) To a God Unknown (1933) Tortilla Flat (1935) In Dubious Battle (1936) Of Mice and Men (1937) The Long Valley (1938) The Grapes of Wrath (1939) The Forgotten Village (1941) The Moon Is Down (1942) Bombs Away: The Story of an American Bomber Team (1942) Cannery Row (1945) The Wayward Bus (1947) The Pearl (1947) A Russian's Journal (1948) Burning Bright (1950) The Log from the Sea of Cortex (1951) East of Eden (1952) Sweet Thursday (1954) Once There Was a War (1958) The Winter of Discontent (1961) America and Americans (1966)

15: The book I read was the Grapes of Wrath. It is about a family leaving to go to California after the DustBowl destroyed their crops.

16: The book begins just after 19 year-old farmer, Tom Joad is released from the county prison. He gets home to find that his crops have been destroyed by the Dust Bowl.

17: He then learns from a neighbor about the amount of open jobs in California and convinces his family to go with him. His friend, Jim Casy, decides to go with them as well.

18: By the time the group gets to California, three people have died and two abandoned the group. Tom sees many oppressed people and becomes an advocate for the oppressed.

19: "This presentation contains copyrighted material under the educational fair use exemption to U.S. Copyright law." (Simpson, 70)

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