Born in Salinas, CA
Alledgedly decided to be an author when he was 14 years old.
He didn't enroll on his own accord, but rather to please his parents.
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,
During his time as a caretaker, he wrote his first novel and married his first wife.
One of his first novels that started picking up steam.
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.
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.
after the success of his latest novel, he became a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune.
He won a nobel prize for literature in this year.
He died of heart disease at 66 years old in his home in NYC.