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John Steinbeck (1902–1968)

John Steinbeck was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. His father was County Treasurer and his mother, a former schoolteacher. John graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and attended classes at Stanford University, leaving in 1925 without a degree. He was variously employed as a sales ... See full bio »

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The Grapes of Wrath
The Pearl
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East of Eden
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 2016 In Dubious Battle (novel)
 2015 The Grapes of Wrath: We Shall Overcome (Documentary) (novel)
 2001 The Pearl (novel "The Pearl")
 1992 Of Mice and Men (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1991 American Playhouse (TV Series) (novel "The Grapes of Wrath" - 1 episode)
- The Grapes of Wrath (1991) ... (novel "The Grapes of Wrath")
 1983 The Winter of Our Discontent (TV Movie) (novel "The Winter of Our Discontent")
 1982 Cannery Row (novels "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday")
 1981 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1981 East of Eden (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 3 episodes)
- Part Three (1981) ... (novel)
- Part Two (1981) ... (novel)
- Part One (1981) ... (novel)
 1977 Hiiriä ja ihmisiä (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1977 Möss och människor (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1977 Anthropoi kai pontikia (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1975 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1973 The Red Pony (TV Movie) (novel "The Red Pony")
 1972 Topoli (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1971 Des souris et des hommes (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1971 The Harness (TV Movie) (story)
 1968 Von Mäusen und Menschen (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1968 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie) (novel "Of Mice and Men")
  TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (novel - 2 episodes, 1953 - 1963) (story - 1 episode, 1954)
- Ratos e Homens (1963) ... (novel)
- Noite Sem Lua (1954) ... (story)
- De Ratos e Homens (1953) ... (novel)
 1962 Helmi (TV Movie) (novel)
 1962 A World for You and Me (novel "Of Mice and Men")
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Chrysanthemums (1960) ... (story)
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series) (play "Burning Bright" - 1 episode)
- Burning Bright (1959) ... (play "Burning Bright")
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Molly Morgan (1957) ... (novel)
 1957 The Wayward Bus (novel "The Wayward Bus")
 1957 Livsflammen (TV Movie)
 1957 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Ratos e Homens (1957) ... (novel)
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Flight (1956) ... (story)
 1955 East of Eden (novel "East of Eden")
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Medal for Benny (1954) ... (story)
 1954 Light's Diamond Jubilee (TV Movie documentary) (story)
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series) (story - 3 episodes)
- The House (1954) ... (story)
- Nothing So Monstrous (1954) ... (story)
- Nobody's Fool (1954) ... (story)
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Promise (1952) ... (story)
 1952 Viva Zapata!
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Molly Morgan (1950) ... (story)
 1949 The Red Pony (by) / (screen play)
 1947 The Pearl (original story)
 1947 The Pearl (novella "The Pearl") / (original story) / (screenplay)
 1945 A Medal for Benny (story)
 1944 Lifeboat (by)
 1943 The Moon Is Down (novel "The Moon Is Down")
 1942 Tortilla Flat (based on the book by)
 1941 The Forgotten Village (Documentary) (screenplay) / (story)
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath (based on the novel by)
 1939 Of Mice and Men (by)
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Novel: "In Dubious Battle". See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »


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One of the few Nobel laureates for literature to be nominated for an Academy Award for writing. Steinbeck was nominated three times for Lifeboat (1944), A Medal for Benny (1945) (with Jack Wagner) and Viva Zapata! (1952). Other Oscar-nominated Nobel laureates include George Bernard Shaw, who won an Oscar for Pygmalion (1938), as well as Jean-Paul Sartre and Harold Pinter. See more »

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