John Steinbeck was an American novelist of great renown. His novel, "The Grapes of Wrath", is one of the most famous books of our time. It describes the "Okie" migration to California during the depression of the 1930's. Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, and studied at Stanford University. Most of his novels are set in California, and nearly all deal with the poor and downtrodden. In later years, Steinbeck returned to reporting, a career he once followed as a young man. In 1943, he became European correspondent for the
Herald Tribune. Some of his dispatches were later collected and made into "Once There Was A War." John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 .."for his realistic as well as imaginative writings, distinguished by a sympathetic humor and a keen social perception."