Of Mice and Men
was born in Salinas, California in 1902.
His most famous books were written in the 1930’s and
1940’s, and are set in California. They deal with the lives and
problems of working people. Many
of the characters in his books are immigrants from Mexico or from other
parts of the United States who went
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set in the farmland of the Salinas valley, where John Steinbeck was born.
By the time Of
Mice and Men was published, almost half of America's grain was
harvested by huge combine harvesters. Five men could do what would have
taken 350 men a few years earlier.
From the 17th
Century, when the first settlers arrived, immigrants dreamed of a better
life in America. People came here to escape from persecution or poverty,
and to make a new life for themselves. For many the dream became a
nightmare. The horrors of slavery, of the American Civil War, the growth
of towns with slums as bad as those in Europe, and the corruption of the
American political system led to many shattered hopes.
Mice and Men?
The best laid
schemes o' mice and men