Full Name: John Steinbeck
Why Famous: The work of American author John Steinbeck sought to detail the the rural working class in America and their economic and social conditions. His most famous work 'The Grapes of Wrath', published in 1939, followed a family of Oklahoma tenant farmers escaping the dust bowl for California and won the Pulitzer prize in 1940.
His other works included 'Of Mice and Men' (1937) and East of Eden (1952). Many of his works were filmed in his own lifetime, James Dean made his starring debut in 'East of Eden'.
- 1930-01-14 Author John Steinbeck (27) weds Carol Henning in Los Angeles, California
- 1943-03-29 Author John Steinbeck (41) weds Gwyndolyn Conger
- 1950-12-28 Author John Steinbeck (48) weds actress Elaine Anderson (36)
- 1937-11-23 John Steinbeck's "Of Mice & Men" premieres in NYC
- 1939-04-14 John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published
- 1940-01-24 "The Grapes of Wrath", directed by John Ford and based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, is released
- 1940-05-06 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
- 1947-11-24 John Steinbeck's novel "Pearl" published
- 1962-10-25 American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature