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John Steinbeck [electronic resource] / Hossick, Malcolm.

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Subject: American literature > History > 20th century.
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (29 min.).
  • Publisher: Falls Church, VA : Landmark Media, 2011.

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General Note: Previously published as DVD.
Formatted Contents Note: John Steinbeck: 1902 - 1968 (5:05) -- Inspiration from Nature (4:38) -- Cannery Row in Monterrey (2:59) -- John Steinbeck - College Days (2:38) -- Interest in Natural Systems (1:55) -- Hardship and Rejection (2:23) -- Birth of Steinbeck's Main Characters (2:08) -- Steinbeck: Fame and Fortune (1:56) -- Hollywood Fame (2:24) -- John Steinbeck: Nobel Prize (2:14) -- Credits: John Steinbeck: A Concise Biography (0:30) -- John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968): An Overview of His Work (6:42).
Summary: This program from the Famous Authors series offers an overview of John Steinbeck's life and work, beginning with his upbringing in Salinas, California and the fields surrounding the area. The film discusses the vegetable crops in California and the great need for labor which caused the influx of migrant workers during the depression of the 1930s. Steinbeck witnessed the working of this land throughout his life and the connection between man and nature conveyed in his novels like Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath came from these observations. He spent some time at Stanford, but resented academic culture and left with few friends and no degree, but a commitment to his writing. He struggled for some time and took on manual labor jobs, but eventually found success with his novels and in Hollywood with Tortilla Flat and lasting through his career.
Target Audience Note: 8 & up.
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