American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Steinbeck, John Ernst 1902-1968. American writer of short stories and novels, most notably The Grapes of Wrath (1939), which concerns the social and economic plight of migrant farm workers in California. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature.
- n. United States writer noted for his novels about agricultural workers (1902-1968)
“Consider what I call Steinbeck's "long-term weather report from the Dustbowl" approach, which begins The Grapes of Wrath:”
“Great literature is most often about extraordinary people, even when it purports to concern itself primarily with the "common man" (consider Tom Joad in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, for example).”
“I used to live near Golden Valley, Minnesota and never thought anything about it till one day I read it in Steinbeck, and how it struck him as an interesting place for its name.”
“But the pearl in Steinbeck's parable, a pearl "large as a sea-gull's egg" and "perfect as the moon," is the "pearl of the world," decidedly not of Heaven.”
“John Steinbeck is a born writing man, and Tortilla Flat a book to cherish.”
“Steinbeck is awfully good, judged solely on the quality of his writing.”
“They're obviously very poor people and Steinbeck is sympathetic to their plight.”
“It's short, and Steinbeck is quick reading, so I picked up a cheap used copy and read it.”
“I reckon anyone who has read "Cannery Row" by Steinbeck is familiar with the group of no-goods referred to as Mack and the Boys.”
“Steinbeck is particularly good at describing the reasons for the revolution fought by Zapata and the way the hacendados, the fabulously rich landowners, in cahoots with the government, robbed the peasants of their land.”
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