February 27, 2014 marked John Steinbeck’s one hundred twelfth birthday. The popular search engine Google highlighted his famous works of literature on its home page. By clicking on the Google logo, a picture that went along with one of his works appeared as well as a quote from the work. The books which were recognized were “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Cannery Row,” “Of Mice and Men,” “The Pearl” and “Travels with Charley.”
Steinbeck could be considered one of America’s most popular novelists. His works are contenders amongst some of the most famous authors. Despite the fact that the novels were published long ago, they remain popular in present times. Most people have read at least one, if not more, of the author’s books in their lifetime. His work is often used in classrooms and they help expose students to the hardships of life in the early 1920s.
Steinbeck wrote novels that appealed to everyday people and the working class. Today they continue to appeal to people of all ages. His novel topics range from the war to living the American Dream. I believe that his novels are appealing to people everywhere due to the fact that his novels are filled with interesting characters and story lines. Not only that, but he would use extremely vivid details to describe what was going on in the story. The amount of detail he uses captures the reader’s attention and can help them truly visualize where the story takes place. For example, in “Of Mice and Men,” the details make you feel as though you are traveling with Lenny and George and are in the Salinas River Valley. After personally reading a few of his works such as “Of Mice and Men,” “The Pearl,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and “East of Eden,” it is easy to understand why John Steinbeck has become such a timeless author and one to be celebrated.