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John Steinbeck- Of Mice and Men  

This guide will give you background on the author, the book's setting, and the history connected to this modern classic.
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John Steinbeck

Image from: "John Steinbeck - Facts". Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 14 Oct 2014. <>

Start Here: John Steinbeck: Questions and Answers

Great questions and answers about his work that are relevant to Of Mice and Men from the

John Steinbeck Receives his Nobel Prize 1962 (2 min.)

Click the link above to watch a video clip of the 1962 Nobel Laureate in Literature, John Steinbeck, receiving his Nobel Prize medal and diploma during the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, on 10 December 1962.Copyright © Sveriges Television AB 2010


Image from: "John Steinbeck." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.

Go deeper to learn more: John Steinbeck 1902-1968

Once you get to this Biography in Context page there will be multiple biographical resources.


Image from: "About John Steinbeck." Steinbeck Now. N.p., 2014. Web. 14 Oct. 2014. <>.

Learn More: About John Steinbeck



Of Mice and Men: Its Place in Literature

The 1930s Arts and Entertainment: Overview

An illustration of the cultural context of the 1930s.



Migrant Workers

"Hotel Pahokee"

Image from: "'Hotel Pahokee'." Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information Photograph Collection. American History Online. Facts On File, Inc.
ItemID=WE52&iPin=AHI2828&SingleRecord=True (accessed October 14, 2014).

Uprooted: The History of Migrant Farming

Of Mice and Men Context

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Of Mice and Men

To understand the context of John Steinbeck's book , you need to know a bit about Steinbeck himself, and a little about economic conditions in 1930's America.  


Click the link for the BBC below for a quick read on the context of the story and how it relates to Steinbeck's life. (each of the 4 very short pages in this segement will be relevant to your understanding of the book.)

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Context: Of Mice and Men


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