John Steinbeck

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  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
  • And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. (The Grapes of Wrath)
  • A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
  • It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
  • You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.
  • One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.
  • In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
  • The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
  • Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
  • Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
  • Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
  • Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.
  • If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.
  • We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.


John Steinbeck was born in Salinas California on February 27, 1902, died in New York on December 20, 1968. He was an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937). The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies.

He was the winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is usually thought of as a left-wing and liberal writer, but, when he was sent to Vietnam in 1967 to report on the war, his sympathetic portrayal of the United States Army led the New York Post to denounce him for betraying his liberal past.

Most of Steinbeck's work is set in southern and central California, particularly in the Salinas Valley and the California Coast Ranges region. His works frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as applied to ordinary people and the downtrodden.