John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was born in Salinas, California, and died in New York City. He remains one of the most prolific and influential authors of his generation and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
"One comes away moved, indignant, protesting, pitying. A fiery
document of protest and compassion, as a story that had to be told,
as a book that must be read."
--Louis Kronenberger, The Nation
"It is Steinbeck's best novel, i.e., his toughest and tenderest,
his roughest written and most mellifluous, his most realistic and,
in its ending, his most melodramatic, his angriest and most
idyllic. It is great in the way that Uncle Tom's Cabin was
great. One of the most impassioned and exciting books of the
--Time "Throughout I've tried to make the reader participate in the actuality, what he takes from it will be scaled entirely on his own depth or hollowness. There are 5 layers in this book; a reader will find as many as he can and he won't find more than he has in himself."