John Steinbeck, of German origin, was born on February 27, 1902, in the state of California, USA. He is a child of a poor, windlass family. Like his peers, he worked as a farmer at a young age. After graduating from Salinas High School in 1919, he began to study at Stanford University. When he enrolled at Stanford University to study English literature at the age of seventeen, he had already started dreaming of becoming a professional writer.