John Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 โ€“ December 20, 1968) was an American writer. He wrote a total of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. In 1962, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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What High School did John Steinbeck attend?

He attended Salinas High School in California.

What does the rifle symbolize in the book 'The Pearl'?

The rifle symbolizes a deep change in Kino's character. At first, Kino seeks to buy medicine for his sick son, Coyotito, with the money that would come from sale of the pearl. However, his wealth sparks his greed, and he seeks to destroy those who would steal from him rather than protect his son.

On a more abstract level, the rifle can be seen as symbol for society's propogation of greed.

Why is Crooks trying to scare Lennie?

Because Crooks has suffered in his past from racism and discrimination in America in the 1930's, and it has made him bitter and twisted. The only way that Crooks can feel better is to make someone else feel what he felt. He isn't neccessarily a bad person, he has just been badly mistreated in the past and wants to feel better.

Why does Crooks tell George that Lennie's a nice fella?

Crooks tell George Lennie's hell of a nice fella because Lennie doesn't treat crooks like a negro but as a human being as there is no racial tension between the two character's.

How did John Steinbeck's life influence the settings and characters of his stories?

Stienbeck's stories and characters were mostly tied back to his own life experiences. For example, his home of Monterrey Bay later was the setting for most of his fiction, "We were poor people with a hell of a lot of land which made us think we were rich people."

What is Curley's wife's name?

Steinbeck doesn't give Curley's wife a name, to show that Curley has ownership of her, and depicting her as more of a piece of property than an actual person.

What is John Steinbeck's personal icon?

Pigasus. Pigasis is a flying pig and a play on the word Pegasus, which was a flying horse.

Steinbeck often signed his letters with "Ad astra per alia," which means "to the stars on the wings of a pig."

A person who writes novels?

Novelist (a writer of novels) or an author (a writer of books or stories).

Does Curley's wife like Curley?

No. In fact, she comes right out and says that she does not like him. She marries Curley to get back at her mother, who she suspects ruined her chance to get into Hollywood. She regrets her decision to marry Curley from the beginning (They've only been married for two weeks when the story takes place.).

What does Slim convince Curley to do?

Slim convinces Curley to kill his dog because his dog is already old and barely making it living in the worst conditions.

What singer was given the John Steinbeck Award?

The list includes: Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Joan Baez According to the official site: * Given to Bruce Springsteen, October 26, 1996 * Given to John Sayles February 14, 1998 * Given to Arthur Miller, April 22, 1999 * Given to Jackson Browne, February 26, 2002 * Given to Studs Terkel, October 2, 2002 * Given to Joan Baez, February 26, 2003 * Given to Sean Penn, September 10, 2004

What was John Steinbeck's education?

After graduating salinas High School, John Steinbeck took an English Major at Sanford.

What does the Quotation ad astra per alia porci mean?

It means "To the stars on the garlic plants of a pig."

Someone miscopied John Steinbeck's personal motto, and the erroneous version got spread over the web and everyone now seems to quote the error.

It should be: Ad astra per alas porci.' - That means "To the stars on the wings of a pig."

What is John Steinbeck known for?

Jogn Steinbeck is best known for writing The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. You should read them both. they are very good

Where did Steinbeck go to college?

John Steinbeck went to Stanford University.

Why did Steinbeck choose the title 'Of Mice and Men'?

Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck originally titled it Something That Happened, however he changed the title after reading Robert Burns' poem, To a Mouse. That poem tells of the regret the narrator feels for having destroyed the home of a mouse while plowing his field. In essence, it suggests that no plan is fool-proof and no one can be completely prepared for the future.

The line from the poem: "To a Mouse" is often translated into English as: "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry (or astray)." However, the original Burns Scottish is: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley."