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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Year Published: 1937

Description: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck tells the story of two migrant field workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, as they travel together in search of work in California during the Great Depression.  Against this backdrop, it describes the close friendship the two men develop in the face of adversity, with George serving as protector to Lennie, a man with an intellectual disability and significant size and strength who loves nothing more than to stroke soft things—a desire that repeatedly causes problems and ultimately leads to his tragic demise.

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'His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.'

Of Mice and Men

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