He received the Nobel Prize for Literature for The mood of gentle humour turned to one of unrelenting grimness in his next novel, In Dubious Battlea classic account of a strike by agricultural labourers and a pair of Marxist labour organizers who engineer it.
Ricketts died hours before Steinbeck arrived. With Tortilla Flat Steinbeck received critical and popular success; there are many critics who consider it his most artistically satisfying work.
To commemorate the th anniversary of Mr. Few realize that he was also a war journalist, a playwright, a propagandist, a medievalist, a filmmaker and a marine biology buff. During his years at Stanford and immediately after his departure, Steinbeck worked at a variety of jobs.
A study by the Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature in the United States found that Of Mice and Men was one of the ten most frequently read books in public high schools.
The town of Monterey has commemorated Steinbeck's work with an avenue of flags depicting characters from Cannery Row, historical plaques, and sculptured busts depicting Steinbeck and Ricketts.
Steinbeck bemoans his lost youth and roots, while dispensing both criticism and praise for America.