Date of Award
Master of Arts
Charles L.P. Silet
John Steinbeck was an American author whose fiction has remained popular throughout the world for most of this century. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939 for The Grapes of Wrath, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. His works include many of the most widely read books in the United States and abroad, and his popular appeal has remained constant. This may be due to his portrayal of common people performing heroic acts or merely attempting to survive in difficult times and often under lethal circumstances. He wrote about minorities, migrants and immigrants, laborers and peasants, whores and hoboes and other people living on the fringes of society. Most of his characters are badly flawed in some way, but Steinbeck gave them a quality of dignity which has allowed millions of readers to sympathize with their plights. In short, all of Steinbeck's characters seem lifelike. Steinbeck's ability to create such characters may have been his greatest gift.
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Craig Colin Phimister
March 05, 2013
Phimister, Craig Colin, ""Whan that Aprill": the influence of the general prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales on John Steinbeck's The Wayward Bus" (1997). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 26.