In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. According to many critics, this was a controversial choice, as they believed Steinbeck’s volume of work had not yet left a huge impression on literature. In his acceptance speech, Steinbeck set out his vision of what literary writing ought to achieve.
Writer, actor, and broadcaster Louis “Studs” Terkel played George in a stage version of
This article provides an overview of the Great Depression and its effects in the Western United States, which is essential historical context for Steinbeck’s
This ten-minute podcast interviews two people who lived through the Great Depression and recount their memories of the widespread economic hardships.
Steinbeck expert Susan Shillinglaw provides a detailed outline of Steinbeck’s life and development as a writer, placing
The title of Steinbeck’s novella is taken from Robert Burns’s poem “To A Mouse.” Here, the full text of the poem is accompanied by explanatory notes and an audio recording of the poem, read by actor Brian Cox.