John Steinbeck

Events

Birth

02/27/1902

Born in Salinas, CA

Decided to become a writer

Approx. 1916

Alledgedly decided to be an author when he was 14 years old.

Enrolled in Stanford

1919

He didn't enroll on his own accord, but rather to please his parents.

Dropped out of Stanford

1925

He dropped out with no degree. Then, he moved to new York where he worked as a construction worker and newspaper reporter, but quickly moved back to California where he became a caretaker,

Wrote "Cup of Gold", Married Carol Henning

1929

During his time as a caretaker, he wrote his first novel and married his first wife.

Wrote "The Pastures of Heaven"

1932

Wrote "To a God Unknown"

1933

Wrote "Tortilla Flat"

1935

One of his first novels that started picking up steam.

Wrote "In Dubious Battle"

1936

Wrote "Of Mice and Men"

1937

Published "Grapes of Wrath"

1939

His most successful novel, which follows an Oklahoma family struggling to live in California during the great depression. This later merited him a Pulitzer Prize.

Became a War Correspondent in WWII

Approx. 1941

after the success of his latest novel, he became a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune.

Sea of Cortez

1941

He and Marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts went to mexico together and observed marine life. The published the book Sea of cortez based on their research.

Cannery Row

1945

Burning Bright

1950

East of Eden

1952

The Winter of our Discontent

1961

Travels With Charley: in Search of America

1962

He won a nobel prize for literature in this year.

Death

12/20/1968

He died of heart disease at 66 years old in his home in NYC.