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Of Mice and Men Pre-Reading – Steinbeck Himself. Early Life John Steinbeck was born in Salinas Valley, California, February 27, 1902. He was raised in.

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1 Of Mice and Men Pre-Reading – Steinbeck Himself

2 Early Life John Steinbeck was born in Salinas Valley, California, February 27, He was raised in modest holdings by his father who struggled to support his family by trying many odd jobs and by his mother who was a school teacher. He had three sisters.

3 His Raising Growing up Steinbeck was a shy and intelligent child. He developed an affinity for the land (Salinas Valley in particular) at a young age. At the age of fourteen he took to writing, locking himself in his room for hours writing poetry and stories. Worked on several ranches (sometimes with migrant workers)

4 Young Adulthood He attended Stanford university intermittently between 1919 and He left without a degree. Saying he was only destined to be a writer, nothing else. After he left Stanford he attempted to be a freelance writer for several years. He failed. He used these years of experience as a brindle stiff (hobo) as inspiration for various books.

5 Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck in It was set in the 1930’s to showcase the great depression, and the struggles of the people of the time.

6 In Relation to Himself (known) The novel was set in Salinas Valley California, where John Steinbeck himself was raised. It was set in the time period in which he lived. He worked on a ranch with migrant workers, which is essentially the setting for “Of Mice and Men”.

7 In Relation to Himself (Predictions) He was a hobo, so it is likely wanderers or people who are not in one place for an extended period of time could feature in the novel. He worked as a freelance reporter so it is extremely likely that some of the events in the novel could be based on experiences he witnessed during this time. He didn’t finish school himself so it is possible that a lack of education could be a prominent theme within the novel.

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