Books by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) is usually credited as California's greatest writer, winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1962. He is now honored at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

Steinbeck grew up in the Monterey County farm town of Salinas and based much of his work on the land and people of California. Nowhere in the United States is there an author to rival him in his portrayal of a region (William Faulkner comes closest). His books were not only critically acclaimed, but wildly popular bestsellers also, and several have been made into classic movies.


John Steinbeck's Novels of California
The Pastures of Heaven (1932)
To a God Unknown (1933)
The Red Pony (1933)
Tortilla Flat (1935)
In Dubious Battle (1936)
Of Mice and Men (1937)
The Long Valley (1938)
The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1942)
Cannery Row (1945)
The Wayward Bus (1947)
East of Eden (1952)
Sweet Thursday (1954)

More Steinbeck
Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History (1929)
The Moon Is Down (1942)
The Pearl (1947)
Once There Was a War (1958)
The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)
Zapata (1975
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: From the Winchester Manuscripts of Thomas Malory & Other Sources (1976)
Movies Based on Steinbeck's Books
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Henry Fonda
Viva Zapata! (1952) Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn
East of Eden (1955) James Dean, Raymond Massey
The Wayward Bus (1957) Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield
East of Eden (1981) Jane Seymour, Lloyd Bridges
Cannery Row (1982) Nick Nolte, Debra Winger
Of Mice & Men (1992) Gary Sinise, John Malkovich

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Cannery Row
by John Steinbeck
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In Dubious Battle
by John Steinbeck