6 May in 1940, John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
This is one of Stenbeck's most famous book about the Joad family from Oklahoma who moves to California when they lose their family farm. They search for a better life but the times were hard and they slid into poverty. A typical book of Stenbeck with plain-spoken language, rich plot and rich and colourful descriptions makes it one of his best books on social criticism. The novel also won the National Book Award and was probably one of the reasons why he won the Nobel Prize in 1962.
Other famous books are: Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, The Pearl, Forgotten Village, Viva Zapata, Travels with Charlie and East of Eden.
He died in New York in 1968.