John Steinbeck

1902 - 1968

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John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (; February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author and the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humor and keen social perception." He has been called "a giant of American letters."During his writing career, he authored 33 books, with one book coauthored alongside Edward Ricketts, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas The Red Pony (1933) and Of Mice and Men (1937). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Steinbeck has received more than 6,578,273 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 96 in 2019). John Steinbeck is the 146th most popular writer (down from 102nd in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from United States (down from 69th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Writer.

John Steinbeck is most famous for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath.

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Among writers, John Steinbeck ranks 146 out of 5,794Before him are Eugène Ionesco, Tove Jansson, Aldous Huxley, Haruki Murakami, Catullus, and J. D. Salinger. After him are H. P. Lovecraft, Pliny the Younger, Ferdowsi, Lou Andreas-Salomé, André Breton, and Mikhail Bulgakov.

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Among people born in 1902, John Steinbeck ranks 5Before him are Charles Lindbergh, Karl Popper, Ruhollah Khomeini, and Erik Erikson. After him are Carl Rogers, Leni Riefenstahl, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ray Kroc, Paul Dirac, Talcott Parsons, and Halldór Laxness. Among people deceased in 1968, John Steinbeck ranks 5Before him are Yuri Gagarin, Martin Luther King Jr., Marcel Duchamp, and Helen Keller. After him are Padre Pio, Lise Meitner, Robert F. Kennedy, Otto Hahn, Trygve Lie, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and Lev Landau.

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Among people born in United States, John Steinbeck ranks 123 out of 15,968Before him are Harvey Weinstein (1952), Barack Obama (1961), Sharon Tate (1943), J. D. Salinger (1919), Grace Hopper (1906), and Richard Feynman (1918). After him are Carl Rogers (1902), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Steven Seagal (1952), Steve McQueen (1930), William Faulkner (1897), and Ray Bradbury (1920).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Steinbeck ranks 11Before him are Jack London (1876), Robert Frost (1874), Toni Morrison (1931), Stephen King (1947), Henry David Thoreau (1817), and J. D. Salinger (1919). After him are H. P. Lovecraft (1890), William Faulkner (1897), Ray Bradbury (1920), Herman Melville (1819), Dale Carnegie (1888), and Coen brothers (null).