John Ernst Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California on February 27,1902. He was the third of four children. His mother, Olive, was a school teacher in Big Sur, California, before she married John?s father. After they were married the family moved to Salinas in 1894, Where John Sr. became the manager of the Sperry Flour Mill and later went on to serve as the treasurer of Monterey County. His mother became a stay-at-home mom and taught John how to read and write. John?s father recognized his talents at a young age and both parents strongly encouraged him in his dream to become a writer. (?John Steinbeck?, ?John Steinbeck Biography?)
As a boy, John grew up in a middle class family. He had to earn all of his own money while in school. He worked on ranches during the summer and also delivered papers on his bicycle. When he was growing up he was shy. He was often teased for his large ears. He most often resorted to reading books rather than retaliating and getting into fights with other children. In 1915 John enrolled in Salinas high school.
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