Title of Your ReportJohn Steinbeck was a novelist born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. His parents were John Ernst Steinbeck and Olivia Hamilton. He grew up with 3 sisters. He developed a fondness for the land of Salinas valley which would later influence his later writings (“John Steinbeck.” Biography.com). He has written many works including The Grapes of Wrath and of Mice and Men which are both considered on of the greatest works of literature in modern day history.John Steinbeck enrolled in Stanford University after high school- a decision that had more to do with pleasing his parents than anything else (“John Steinbeck.” Biography.com). Steinbeck went in and out of Stanford for 6 years until finally dropping out for good in 1925. After Stanford he moved to New York to pursue a career as a freelance writer, but he failed to publish any work and returned back to Salinas two years later. After returning he published his first novel in 1929 called Cup of Gold then followed by The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933) which none were successful. (“John Steinbeck.” Britannica School). Steinbeck’s first successful novel was Tortilla Flat (1935). Which was later adapted into a film in 1942. He then went on to write many great novels like In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937) which is very commonly used in high school literature classes, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), Cannery Row (1945), East of Eden (1952), and many other books and articles. Many of his books centered around the dust bowl and the great depression.Of Mice and Men is considered his best work by many and one of the greatest works in literature history although Steinbeck considered East of Eden his greatest work. Of Mice and Men is a book about two migrant ranch workers who moved around California in search of a job during the Great Depression. Steinbeck placed a strong emphasis that the so called american dream and that America was a land of opportunities were all just illusions. Of Mice and Men is a popularly read book in high school literature all across the united states. According to education secretary Michael Glover, the book is a good suit for kids nowadays because it is nice and short with only six chapters and its themes of bullying and compassion ring true in schools(“Who, What, Why.” BBC.com). Many think the book should be banned in all schools. They argue that the book is unsuitable for teens because of its strong profanity, racism, and foul language. Many of Steinbeck’s books have turned into film adaptations like Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, East of Eden, and more. Some books including Of Mice and Men have been turned into multiple film adaptations over the years. Steinbeck has won many awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature in 1962, the U.S. Medal of Freedom in 1964 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.Steinbeck married three women over his life and had two children. He married Carol Henning in 1930 which lasted through 1942. He then married his second wife, Gwyndolyn Conger in 1943 which lasted through 1948, during which the two had two sons, Thomas (born 1944) and John (born 1946). Finally he married his third wife Elaine Anderson Scott from 1950 until his death. John Steinbeck died on December 20, 1968 in New York city of heart disease and congestive heart failure most likely caused due to him being a lifelong smoker.