John Steinbeck and Whiskey

John Steinbeck and Whiskey

On this day in 1937,  John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was published.  Two years later, he would win the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath.  Steinbeck was writing Of Mice and Men in the 30’s after Prohibition and before WWI.  The book emphasizes dreams and loneliness in the characters and gives modern readers a snapshot of the American desire for something better. George is trying to make a better life for himself and Lennie.  They work as migrant field workers with a dream of having their own homestead.  The American condition was tough as the Great Depression hit the country.  There’s a scene in the book where Candy describes the Boss’s son, Curley, as not a bad guy because he gave the workers a gallon of whiskey for Christmas.  Anyone who’s read the book...