Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck

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Today is the birthday of the John Steinbeck (02/27/1902-12/20/1966), the author of 27 books.  His works include Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, The Pearl, and The Red Pony. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1962. 

I have read several of his books, but my favorite is The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's story of dust-bowl Oklahoma tenant farmers migrating to California.  The Grapes of Wrath won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940, and sold millions of copies during Steinbeck's lifetime.  Of course, I have seen the movie starring a very young Henry Fonda.

My first-born son is a voracious reader, just like his mama.  This year, we are planning to read as many Pulitzer Prize winning novels that we can.  I've read three already: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty.  I plan to read this great Steinbeck book again soon.