American author John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968). He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1939 novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Steinbeck, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, died 50 years ago today. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Ten y(...)