O Mice an Men wis first published in 1937. It tells the tale o George Milton an Lennie Small, twa gangrel ranch wirkers, fa meeve frae airt tae airt in California sikkin oot new wirk chaunces durin the Muckle Depression in Americay. Scriever John Steinbeck foondit the novella on his ain experiences wirkin alangside traivellin fairm wirkers as a halflin in the 1910s (afore the camin o the Okies he wid brawly describe in The Grapes o Wrath). Steinbeck tuik the title frae Robert Burns' poem “To a Mouse”:
But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
Gang aft agley.
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
Sheena Blackhall is a poet fa’s scrieved mair than 130 poetry volumes, an fower novellas. She’s haen twa plays televeesed an puckles o e-buiks, includin The Chimera Institute an The Honey that came frae the Sea. Recently wi Sheila Templeton she owersett Charlotte Brontë’s Jean Eyre. Her maist recent owersett is L. Frank Baum’s The Winnerfu Warlock o Oz. Baith o the latter buiks can be gotten frae Evertype.
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About the Author
One of the leading American novelists of the 20th century, John Steinbeck (1902-1968) grew up in the fertile Salinas Valley in California, an environment that served as a setting for some of his best-loved books. Several of his most powerful novels, including Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath, focus on the plight of California’s laboring class, while East of Eden is an ambitious family saga. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.
Date of Birth:February 27, 1902
Date of Death:December 20, 1968
Place of Birth:Salinas, California
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925