"Tortilla Flat," published in 1935, is set in Monterey.
"The Red Pony" was originally published in pieces in magazines from 1933-1936. The story, which details a young boy's life on a California ranch, was published in full in 1937.
"Of Mice and Men," written in 1937, is the story of two traveling ranch workers named George and Lennie, who are trying to make enough money to buy their own farm.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of "The Grapes of Wrath," a novel that follows the Joad family from post-Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California in search of work. It came out April 14, 1939.
"Cannery Row," published in 1945, takes place in Great Depression-era Monterey.
"The Pearl," published in 1947, tells the story of Kino, a pearl diver in Mexico.
"East of Eden," published in 1952 is set in the Salinas Valley. It was later turned into a movie starring James Dean.
"Travels with Charley: In search of America" is Steinbeck's nonfiction work detailing his drive across America with his standard poodle, Charley. It was published in 1962.
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