Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

"I remember about the rabbits, George" is a famous line from the John Steinbeck novella Of Mice And Men. The main characters are George and Lennie. In many schools, this book is required reading for 9th grade English.

About Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men is a novel written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, USA. Based on John Steinbeck's own experiences as a bindlestiff in the 1920s (before the arrival of the Okies he would vividly describe in The Grapes of Wrath), the title is taken from Robert Burns' poem 'To a Mouse', which read: 'The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley.' (The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.) Required reading in many schools, Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of censors for vulgarity and what some consider offensive and racist language; consequently, it appears on the American Library Association's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century.

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