“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts, since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”—John Steinbeck.
Like many of the great writers of the early to mid-20th Century Steinbeck was first a newspaper reporter before he tried his hand at creative writing. And like many of his contemporaries, including good friend Ernest Hemingway, he spent time as a war correspondent during World War II following the phenomenal success of his 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath, which won both the National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize.
“I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.”
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