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John Steinbeck consistently appears on class reading lists across the US and his work has influenced generations Steinbeck lived and wrote during some of the most eventful and controversial eras of twentieth century America, including the struggles of California s migrant workers during the s, which led to his masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath A complicated man whose personal life often took a backseat to his writing he fought his way through three marriages, was a distant father, and battled with alcoholism Steinbeck wrote because he was compelled to Yet he always doubted his abilities, and lived in fear of never writing a decent book Milton Meltzer s biography includes numerous excerpts of this iconic author s writing, and is the latest addition to the Up Close series


10 thoughts on “Up Close: John Steinbeck (Up Close)

  1. Marianne Evans Marianne Evans says:

    At first I believed this book would read as a long Wikipedia article, but giving it time I discovered that this author revealed to me the secrets of the insecure heart of this great writer Well worth my time.My favorite note was one critic said of Steinbeck s writing there was not. one sloppy sentence I also loved Steinbeck s timely review of the media What can I say about journalism It has the greatest virtue and the greatest evil It is the first thing the dictator controls It is the At first I believed this book would read as a long Wikipedia article, but giving it time I discovered that this author revealed to me the secrets of the insecure heart of this great writer Well worth my time.My favorite note was one critic said of Steinbeck s writing there was not. one sloppy sentence I also loved Steinbeck s timely review of the media What can I say about journalism It has the greatest virtue and the greatest evil It is the first thing the dictator controls It is the mother of literature and the perpetrator of crap In many cases it is the only history we have and yet it is the tool of the worst men But over a long period of time and because it is the product of so many men, it is perhaps the purest thing we have Honesty has a way of creeping in even when it was not intended


  2. Jenn Jenn says:

    Written Review Rating R Grade 5 7Author Milton Meltzer Title Up Close John Steinbeck Publisher Publisher Viking Juvenile Copyright 2008 Price 16.99 ISBN 10 0670061395 ISBN 13 978 0670061396Reviewer Jenn Good Date 11 05 08 Up close is quite an apt series title when applied to this biography Meltzer s work is meticulously layered to form an enticing depiction of John Steinbeck He depicts the author, butinterestingly the human being behind such great works of Written Review Rating R Grade 5 7Author Milton Meltzer Title Up Close John Steinbeck Publisher Publisher Viking Juvenile Copyright 2008 Price 16.99 ISBN 10 0670061395 ISBN 13 978 0670061396Reviewer Jenn Good Date 11 05 08 Up close is quite an apt series title when applied to this biography Meltzer s work is meticulously layered to form an enticing depiction of John Steinbeck He depicts the author, butinterestingly the human being behind such great works of literature as Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden The story is accessible, drawing on so many elements for this intimate portrait These elements include showing Steinbeck as a young boy struggling in school, as a still struggling writer and family man, and ultimately as a successful and heralded winner of The Nobel Prize for literature and The Medal of Honor Through this journey we are lead in close, to view Steinbeck not merely as the literary giant, but as a real human with the tribulations that can beset any We see Steinbeck through successes and failures as a withdrawn, self doubting, often deeply depressed individual We see him through his troubled marriages and turbulent life, through his politics and ideals The reader explores the life that John lived and the personal and worldly influences that drove his writing and his works It s the ordinary that most of tend to dismiss What s special about ordinary people We ask Everything he d answer Their humanness, the way they talk, think, move, swear, laugh, get mad, work, get drunk, fight, make love, raise children, grow old, die Steinbeck had a deep understanding to capture this humanness in people, and Meltzer highlights it brilliantly A highly worthy addition to any library collection, especially in light of the rich history of school children reading Steinbeck s seminal works of deeply American literature


  3. Carl Phillips Carl Phillips says:

    I have read most of Steinbeck s books and have visited the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, California and wanted to knowabout him This little book give a good insight into a very complicated and extremely gifted man.


  4. Kim Kim says:

    A quick, easy and interesting read.


  5. Edward Fenner Edward Fenner says:

    A simple and brief intro into Steinbeck s life and works It s meant for young readers, I think, but anyone can enjoy it.