steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, California
he was a region that became the setting for much of his fiction, including Of Mice and Men
As a teenager, he spent his summers working as a hired hand on neighboring ranches
In 1919, he went to Stanford University
he worked as a reporter and then as caretaker for a Lake Tahoe estate
he completed his first novel, an adventure story called Cup of Gold, which was published in 1929.
Although his family was wealthy, he was interested in the lives of the farm labourers and spent time…