John Steinbeck was born in Salinas,
California, on February 27, 1902, and grew up in a Victorian home that still
stands today as a restaurant. Growing up in this prosperous, bustling farming
town and trading center-left an imprint on Steinbeck, who lived here until
attending Stanford University in 1919. Books like East of Eden and Cannery Row
carried with them the sense of place Salinas instilled upon him.