Why Famous: Steinbeck's work sought to detail 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, with James Dean making his starring debut in "East of Eden".
- 1930-01-14 American author John Steinbeck (27) weds Carol Henning (23) in Los Angeles, California (divorced 1942)
- 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 for "The Grapes of Wrath"
- 1947-11-24 John Steinbeck's novella "The Pearl" published
- 1962-10-25 American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature