The renowned 20th century American writer, John Steinbeck, was born on this day in 1902 in the coastal agricultural city of Salinas, California. He had a long, varied, and controversial career, and remains best known for his Great Depression era novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Most baby boomers know the film and story line very well. As a cultural historian and geographer, it's odd I never managed to read the book from cover to cover. In high school, Of Mice and Men was required reading, and I found great pleasure in reading Travels With Charley: In Search of America on my own shortly after its publication in 1962.
|Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 1943|
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Portrait, Nobel Foundation, nobelprize.org