From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, this classic story of an unlikely pair, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression who grasp for their American Dream, profoundly touches readers and audiences alike. George and his simple-minded friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own—a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap.
John's mother, Olive Hamilton —a former school teacher, shared Steinbeck's passion for reading and writing. There he learned of the harsher aspects of the migrant life and the darker side of human nature, which supplied him with material expressed in such works as Of Mice and Men.
He traveled to New York City where he took odd jobs while trying to write. When he failed to publish his work, he returned to California and worked in as a tour guide and caretaker  at Lake Tahoewhere he met Carol Henning, his first wife. The elder Steinbecks gave John free housing, paper for his manuscripts, and fromloans that allowed him to write without looking for work.
During the Great DepressionSteinbeck bought a small boat, and later claimed that he was able to live on the fish and crab that he gathered from the sea, and fresh vegetables from his garden and local farms.
When those sources failed, Steinbeck and his wife accepted welfare, and on rare occasions, stole bacon from the local produce market. Ricketts had taken a college class from Warder Clyde Alleea biologist and ecological theorist, who would go on to write a classic early textbook on ecology.
Ricketts became a proponent of ecological thinking, in which man was only one part of a great chain of being, caught in a web of life too large for him to control or understand. Between andSteinbeck and Ricketts became close friends. Steinbeck's wife began working at the lab as secretary-bookkeeper.
It centers on Morgan's assault and sacking of the city of Panamasometimes referred to as the 'Cup of Gold', and on the women, fairer than the sun, who were said to be found there.
The Pastures of Heavenpublished inconsists of twelve interconnected stories about a valley near Monterey, which was discovered by a Spanish corporal while chasing runaway Indian slaves. In Steinbeck published The Red Ponya page, four-chapter story weaving in memories of Steinbeck's childhood. Although he had not achieved the status of a well-known writer, he never doubted that he would achieve greatness.
They are portrayed in ironic comparison to mythic knights on a quest and reject nearly all the standard mores of American society in enjoyment of a dissolute life devoted to wine, lust, camaraderie and petty theft.
In presenting the Nobel Prize to Steinbeck, the Swedish Academy cited "spicy and comic tales about a gang of paisanos, asocial individuals who, in their wild revels, are almost caricatures of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table.
It has been said that in the United States this book came as a welcome antidote to the gloom of the then prevailing depression. With some of the proceeds, he built a summer ranch-home in Los Gatos. He also wrote an article series called The Harvest Gypsies for the San Francisco News about the plight of the migrant worker.
Of Mice and Men was a drama about the dreams of two migrant agricultural laborers in California. It was critically acclaimed  and Steinbeck's Nobel Prize citation called it a "little masterpiece".
Steinbeck refused to travel from his home in California to attend any performance of the play during its New York run, telling director George S.John Steinbeck's Of Mice and alphabetnyc.com novel Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck.
In Soledad, California during the Great Depression in the 's two men of the one named George and the other named Lennie were men who travel around working at ranches. The novel by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, is set in the times of the Great Depression. Steinbeck had abandoned the romantic view of mankind s occupying a special place in nature or that man is guided towards special ends.
Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, “a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.
Which brings me to John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. In the book, two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have come to a ranch near Soledad, California, to find work. They speak of saving their stake so that they can one day buy a little place where they’ll “live off tha fatta the lan’,” as Lennie puts it.
Early life. Steinbeck was born on February 27, , in Salinas, California. He was of German, English, and Irish descent. Johann Adolf Großsteinbeck (–), Steinbeck's paternal grandfather, shortened the family name to Steinbeck when he immigrated to the United States.
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a compelling narrative that provides numerous invaluable insights for its readers. The characters deal with the meaning of friendship, the obligations of loyalty, and the presence of cruelty while facing the everyday challenges of the Great Depression/5.