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Salinas, California had a population of 3,000 when John Steinbeck was born in 1902. Son of a County Treasurer and a schoolteacher, he had roots in the farming community that made many of his stories come alive. Before settling into the exclusive job of writing fiction, he was employed in various jobs, such as painter, laboratory assistant, caretaker, and reporter.
His major novels center on a message of warmth and compassion toward the downtrodden. Mr. Steinbeck did what other authors of the time writing social commentary failed to do: comment on the ills of society within the context of the story, rather than having the characters delve into social themes with long-winded speeches or conversations. Mr. Steinbeck gives you an entertaining story and weaves his message in with descriptive genius and makes you sympathetic for the characters' plights as they unfold.