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Of Mice and Men

             I read the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, California. When he was growing up he spent his summers working on ranches. Little did he know that those summers would help him become a successful author in the 20th century. In 1919 he began taking classes at Stanford University. He studied there for 6 years but left without a degree. After that he wrote his first book. It was an adventure book called Cup of Gold and was published in 1929. Six years later is when his success lifted off. He wrote a book called Tortilla Flat and it was published in 1935. He won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for his book The Grape of Wraths, which is considered his most famous novel. He also won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Steinback succeeded in writing novels but he also succeeded in filmmaking and scriptwriting. He was involved in the movies Viva Zapata, East of Eden, and Travels with Charley. He was involved in many great movies and novels in the short time he was on this earth. He died in 1968 at the age of 66.
             Of Mice and Men is about two poor men, George and Lenny, who live in California and work on a ranch. George is a small but smart man. He has to take care of his friend Lenny because he has a mental disability. Lenny is extremely tall and is incredibly strong. Everyday George and Lenny dream about owning there own land. They are saving all their money so that one day their dream can come true. When the novel starts Lenny and George get a job on a ranch. .
             When they go to the ranch they meet a man named Candy. Candy is an old man but very kind. Candy becomes very close friends with Lenny and George. He donates his life savings to them because he wants to live with them some day when they own their own land. Also on the ranch they meet Curley and Curley's wife. Curley doesn't like George or Lenny. Curley is a cruel and jealous character.
             Everyone on the ranch is astonished by Lenny's strength.

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