He went to Stamford University but did not fit the system and achieved little. His teachers said he was ‘of average mentality but woefully immature emtionally’. From an early age he wanted to be a writer and many of his classmates thought he would be a preacher. He felt as if he belonged to a community which came from Europe in search of a new world, as reflected in The Grapes of Wrath, and having settled first in the East and then moved to California in search of Eden, East of Eden is his family story. He married three times, the first two marriages breaking down and his third wife surviving him. ‘A good lover but a lousy husband’ was how he described himself.
Apart from stimulating interest in his work among readers unfamiliar with him, the purpose of this study is to explore his understanding of God as revealed in his writings, and to suggest possible avenues for further exploration and research.