The Google search graphic (which I have no idea how to link for you to see) today pays tribute to the author of Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and my favorite, Travels with Charley: In Search of America.
I was a junior in high school when I read Travels with Charley, an account of Steinbeck's motor trip around America in 1960 in his green pickup truck with specially-outfitted camper. Charley was his black poodle and a welcome companion on the highway.
End papers showing
the route taken in
Travels with Charley
Reading the book made me want to become a writer. And I did.
So Happy Birthday to you, Mr. Steinbeck. I hope your travels have been peaceful ones.