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Cannery Row Lesson Plan

About the Author

During his lifetime, John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) wrote nearly 30 books, including 16 novels and five short story collections. Today, his most famous works include The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939, Of Mice and Men, and Cannery Row. Steinbeck also received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. Today, he is a seminal figure in the American literary canon, and his work is read by students and scholars alike around the world.

John Steinbeck was born in California in 1902. His father was treasurer for Monterey County, and his mother, a former school teacher, raised her son, sharing in his love of reading and writing. During the summer, John worked on ranches and,...

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