Talk:John Steinbeck

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Was John Steinbeck born on 1901, or 1902?

Clearly 1902. [1] Is there a reference to the contrary?--Yehudi 17:51, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

"It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second."

-- John Steinbeck, Cannery Row.

this is a quote by Steinbeck (?) which you can find quite often... but is it really in that novel...? I think if this is the case it may deserve a place here...(?)

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can anyone verify the source on this qoute?Edit

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced basically that dogs think humans are nuts" - John Steinbeck

I can't find the original source anywhere

Steinbeck, John (31 January 1980) [1962]. Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Curtis Publishing Company. ISBN 1440638888. Retrieved on 12 March 2014. "I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."  TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 06:55, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much! -- 17:00, 12 March 2014 (UTC)


The quote “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” attributed by Ronald Wright to Steinbeck can not possibly be a mischaracterization by Wright of anything that Steinbeck said, as has been intimated on several websites, since the popularization of the quote itself (whoever originally said it in the 1920s-30s) predates Wright's lecture tour/book by at least 30 years, and has also been attributed in the past to Will Rogers, or (with more likelihood of authorship) Woody Guthrie, who actually met and knew Steinbeck through the connection: Woody Guthrie--Frank W. Burke--Ed Robbin--Will Geer--Steinbeck, so there actually is a connection there, albeit about as tenuous as one can get.


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