10 Components Of A Good Research Paper About John Steinbeck


When you are asked to write a research paper about John Steinbeck you are, in essence, writing a biography of the person. There are many different ways of approaching a biography but one of the easiest ways is to tell the story chronologically. As far as John Steinbeck is concerned here are 10 components of his life that you may want to include in a research paper about his life:


  1. John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr was born in California in 1902

  2. He wrote 27 books that included 5 short story collections, 6 non-fiction books and 16 novels.

  3. Wrote Cup of Gold in 1929, his first novel, when he was a caretaker in Lake Tahoe. This is also where he married Carol Henning, his first wife.

  4. One of his famous quotes was, “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

  5. He won the Pulitzer Prize with his novel written in 1939 called The Grapes of Wrath.

  6. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  7. He died of heart disease in 1968 in New York City.

  8. Attended Stanford University but never received a college degree.

  9. Served as a war correspondent during World War II for the New York Herald Tribune

  10. Travelled to Mexico with a friend who was a marine biologist to collect marine life. This adventure encouraged the writing of the book Sea of Cortez.

Of course these are only very general components and it would take a good deal of research to expand on these points for a good research paper. As you are doing the research you will have to come up with a thesis statement that you could incorporate these ten components into. Once you decide on that statement and do the research, much of your work is completed.


It would be a great idea to create an outline so that you can put the components into the correct chronological order and include the detailed information that you want to include with the components. Once you have created the outline you should create your rough draft using the outline as a road map. Then have someone you respect read over your outline and see if there is any way they may suggest you can improve your paper. All that is left is to edit the paper for grammar and spelling errors and write the final draft.