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John Steinbeck (Feb 27, 1902–Dec 20, 1968), American writer widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). He also wrote a book called Travels with Charley, about a 1960 road trip with his poodle across the US in a specially made camper. As the author of 27 books, including 16 novels, 6 non-fiction books, and 5 collections of short stories, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.