Date of Award

1969

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Mrs. Jett Black

Abstract

John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, in the town of Salinas, California. He lived most of his first forty years in the Salinas Valley, and it is generally agreed that the most significant biographical link between Steinbeck and his writings is this fact of his birth and growth to maturity in the valley. Here is the source of knowledge, love of nature and many of his characters, whether paisanos or migrant workers of Tortilla Flat and Grapes of Wrath, took form.

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