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John Steinbeck died on December 20, 1968, at his apartment in New York City.

His wife took him home to Salinas to be buried near the land that he spent his life writing about.

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Mural overlooking The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas

Mural overlooking The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas

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Mural overlooking The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas

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The Book

The Book

Of Mice and Men was originally called Something That Happened.

When Steinbeck first thought of the idea for the book he intended it to be for children. Steinbeck told a friend that he was experimenting with a new dramatic form.

In May 1936, he wrote a manuscript, but his puppy (a setter called Toby) ate it!

He said of the book:

"It is an experiment and I don't know how successful."

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

The novel deals with the issues dear to Steinbecks heart - poverty, homelessness, the exploitation of itinerant workers, the failure of the Dream, Americas general moral decline.

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Main Characters: Lennie & George

Main Characters: Lennie & George

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Lennie Small

Lennie Small

Lennie is a large, lumbering, childlike migrant worker. Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his friend and traveling companion, for guidance and protection. The two men share a vision of a farm that they will own together, a vision that Lennie believes in wholeheartedly. Gentle and kind, Lennie nevertheless does not understand his own strength. His love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and peoples hair, leads to disaster.

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George Milton

George Milton

George is a small, wiry, quick-witted man who travels with, and cares for, Lennie. Although he frequently speaks of how much better his life would be without his caretaking responsibilities, George is obviously devoted to Lennie. Georges behavior is motivated by the desire to protect Lennie and, eventually, deliver them both to the farm of their dreams. Though George is the source for the often-told story of life on their future farm, it is Lennies childlike faith that enables George to actually believe his account of their future.

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Introduction

Introduction

George and Lennie go to a ranch near Salinas, California, to

work. George is Lennies keeper, and Lennie imitates

everything that George does. Lennie previously had been

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