Steinbeck, John: Of mice and men

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Gymnasium Erding Schuljahr 1999 2000 Lk 2E1 Michael Eschbaumer Book presentation Steinbeck, J. (1937) Of Mice And Men New York John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. He grew up a in a fertile rural environment near the Pacific Coast. He went to Stanford University in 1919, enrolling in literature. He left the university in 1925 without taking a degree. Over the next five years he supported himself by various jobs on the East Coast, all the time working on his first novel, Cup Of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move back to California, he continued writing. Fame and financial success came with Tortilla Flat (1935). He went on publishing until his peaceful death in 1968, having won a Nobel Prize in 1962. His most famous works include The Pastures of Heaven (1932), Of Mice And Men (1937), The Grapes Of Wrath (1939), Cannery Row (1945) and East Of Eden (1952). The book Of Mice And Men tells about two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small in California during the Great Depression of the 1930s. They are an unlikely pair, George is small and quite intelligent, whereas Lennie is big and extraordinarily strong but has the mind of a little child. They travel together, sharing a dream of saving enough money to buy their own small farm. Lennie s slow intellect often gets both of them in trouble. They had to leave their last job behind because Lennie, in his desire to pet nice and soft things, had been falsely accused of raping a woman in the town of Weed. ...

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