John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902 came from a middle class family of German and Irish descent. He attended Stanford University but left without graduating. He went to New York in 1925 trying to establish himself as a writer. However, he decided on returning to California after the unsuccessful attempt. On and off while writing, Steinbeck worked as a manual laborer to support his expenses. During this time he realized the plight and bitterness of the great depression faced by the migratory working class.


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