About the Author
(19021968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat
, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Robert DeMott
is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor at Ohio University and the author of Steinbecks Typewriter
, an award-winning book of critical essays. Gary Scharnhorst
is professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He is the editor of books by Bret Harte and John De Forest for Penguin Classics.