John Steinbeck was an American novelist of great renown.
His novel, "The Grapes of Wrath", is one of the most famous
books of our time. It describes the "Okie" migration to
California during the depression of the 1930's.
Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, and studied at
Stanford University. Most of his novels are set in
California, and nearly all deal with the poor and
In later years, Steinbeck returned to reporting, a career
he once followed as a young man. In 1943, he became
European correspondent for the new York Herald Tribune.
Some of his dispatches were later collected and made into
"Once There Was A War."
John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1962 .."for his realistic as well as imaginative
writings, distinguished by a sympathetic humor and a keen