John Steinbeck

Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist
John Steinbeck might well be called the conscience of America; throughout his career, the novelist wrote fiction permeated by social concerns and the plight of the downtrodden. Most consider The Grapes of Wrath ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1902 in Salinas, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (26)

The Pearl 2005 (Movie)

("The Pearl") (Source Material (from novel))

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

("Of Mice and Men") (Source Material (from novel))

The Grapes of Wrath 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

John Steinbeck's "The Winter of Our Discontent" 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

("Cannery Row") (Source Material (from novel))

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

("Sweet Thursday") (From Story)

Of Mice and Men 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Red Pony 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Wayward Bus 1957 (Movie)

("The Wayward Bus") (Source Material (from novel))

East of Eden 1955 (Movie)

("East of Eden") (Source Material (from novel))

Viva Zapata! 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lifeboat 1944 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Forgotten Village 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Forgotten Village 1940 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Grapes of Wrath 1940 (Movie)

("The Grapes of Wrath") (Source Material (from novel))

Of Mice and Men 1938 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

A Medal for Benny (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

La Perla (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

La Perla (Movie)

(Book Author)

The Harness (TV Show)

From Story

The Moon Is Down (Movie)

(Book Author)

The Red Pony (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Red Pony (Movie)

(Book Author)

The Winter of Our Discontent (Movie)

(Book Author)

Tortilla Flat (Movie)

(Book Author)

Biography

John Steinbeck might well be called the conscience of America; throughout his career, the novelist wrote fiction permeated by social concerns and the plight of the downtrodden. Most consider The Grapes of Wrath (1939), his searing examination of the plight of migrant workers fleeing the Dust Bowl, to be his finest work, but he wrote several other acknowledged classics, including Of Mice and Men (1937), The Pearl (1947) and East of Eden (1952). In addition to his literary career, however, several of his works were made into successful films, and he penned a number of original screenplays as well, such as "Lifeboat" (1944) and "Viva Zapata!" (1952) for which he received Academy Award nominations; in 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Relationships

Gwyndolyn Conder

Wife
Born c. 1920

Olive Hamilton

Mother
died in February 1934

Carol Henning

Wife
Met 1928 Eloped to Los Angeles 1930

Elaine Steinbeck Actor

Wife
Married 1950 until his death Dec. 20, 1968

John Steinbeck

Father
served as Monterrey County treasurer died in 1935

John Steinbeck

Son
born c. 1946 survived him

Thom Steinbeck

Son
born on August 2, 1944 survived him mother, Gwyn

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California
attended on and off over a six-year period; did not graduate

Milestones

1950

First television script for "Nash Airflyte Theater" (CBS, 1950–51)

1943

Wrote first feature screenplay, Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat"

1942

Became war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune

1940

Writes first screenplay for documentary "The Forgotten Village"

1939

First film made from one of his novels, "Of Mice and Men"

1939

Publishes The Grapes of Wrath, a huge critical and commerical success

1929

First novel published, Cup of Gold

Bonus Trivia

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Claimed he was under FBI surveillance and audited yearly due to his political views.

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Traveled to Russia several times but disliked Soviet repression.

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In Vietnam in 1966 for Newsday, took controversial (in light of his earlier views) pro-American position.

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Spent many years working on translation of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, a beloved boyhood book, which was posthumously.

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Won Nobel Prize for Literature

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