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The Best John Steinbeck Books

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List of the best John Steinbeck books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that John Steinbeck is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck is easily considered one of the greatest authors of all time. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of John Steinbeck who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list contains books like Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. What are John Steinbeck's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    East of Eden

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1952-09

    SubjectsCalifornia, Prostitution

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1939

    SubjectsCalifornia, Great Depression in the United States, Dust Bowl, Oklahoma

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    #29 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time#2 of 62 The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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    Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1937

    SubjectsCalifornia, Drama

    Genres (Book)Novella

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Cannery Row is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    Cannery Row

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1945-01

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    #35 of 154 The Greatest American Novels#139 of 1,233 The Best Novels Ever Written

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    Travels with Charley: In Searc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books

    First Published1962

    SubjectsUnited States of America, Charley, History of the United States

    Genres (Book)Travel literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Tortilla Flat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    Tortilla Flat

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1935

    SubjectsCalifornia, Poverty

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Winter of Our Discontent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books

    First Published1961

    SubjectsNew England, Success

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Pearl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    The Pearl

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1947

    SubjectsMusic, Mexico

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novella

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Red Pony is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    The Red Pony

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1933

    Genres (Book)Novella

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    In Dubious Battle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    In Dubious Battle

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1936

    SubjectsCalifornia

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Moon Is Down is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    The Moon Is Down

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1942

    SubjectsDrama, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Long Valley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    The Long Valley

    John Steinbeck

    Genres (Book)Short story collection, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 13
    To a God Unknown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    To a God Unknown

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1933

    SubjectsPopular literature, California

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 14
    Sweet Thursday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    Sweet Thursday

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1954

    Subjects20th century, American literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Wayward Bus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    The Wayward Bus

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1947

    SubjectsCalifornia

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Pastures of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    SubjectsCalifornia

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    Journal of a Novel: The East o is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books

    First Published1969

    SubjectsWriting

    Genres (Book)Diary

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Bombs away is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    Bombs away

    John Steinbeck
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    Cup of Gold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    Cup of Gold

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1929

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Log from the Sea of Cortez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books

    First Published1951

    SubjectsPacific Ocean, Science, Zoology, History of the Americas, Mexico

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Short Reign of Pippin IV is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books

    First Published1957

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Burning Bright is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Steinbeck Books
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    Burning Bright

    John Steinbeck

    First Published1950

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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