Today we celebrate the birthday of American writer John Steinbeck, author of the novella Of Mice And Men, which was published 84 years ago this month. The story of the bond between two migrant farm laborers in California during the Great Depression, Of Mice And Men was Steinbeck’s first major commercial success. Two years later, Steinbeck published The Grapes of Wrath, the Pulitzer Prize-winning tale about an Oklahoma family heading westward during the Depression in pursuit of the American Dream. Steinbeck’s ability to weave seamlessly social criticism with sentimental storytelling cemented his place as one of the truly great American authors.
“Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work.” —
John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939)