John Steinbeck (27 February 1902- 20 December 1968) born in Salinas, California. He grew up in a fertile agricultural valley. The next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold His books include Later books include Sweet Thursday, The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication , Once There Was a War , The Winter of Our Discontent, Travels with Charley in Search of America, America and Americans, and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters , Viva Zapata!, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights , and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath.
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.
Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
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