Of Mice & Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men was written in 1937, soon after the Great Depression. The story follows the lives of two ordinary men, Lennie and George, looking for work at a ranch with the hope of eventually buying a small farm for themselves. They develop a codependent relationship as Lennie has the brawn and George has the brains. This union allows them to survive the harshness of life and stick together through thick and thin. But certain events take place where difficult decisions need to be made and sacrifices become inevitable. One of the greatest charms of Of Mice and Men is the narration of the story from an unbiased point of view, observing the lives of the characters as they happen. It has been adapted into several film and theater productions.
About the Author
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was a 20th-century American writer, celebrated alike for his fictional and non-fictional works. He wrote a total of 16 novels many of which have now become classic literature. They include Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, The Pearl, East of Eden, and The Red Pony. The Great Depression classic The Grapes of Wrath also won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and has sold a whopping 15 million copies. His other works include 2 collections of short stories and 6 non-fiction books. He was awarded the bel Prize in Literature in 1962