Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Based on 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's poem, To a Mouse, which read: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley." Required reading in many high schools, Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of censors for what some consider offensive and vulgar language; consequently, it appears on the American Library Association's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century.

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The 181st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 12th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  2. - 35th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  3. - 46th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  4. - 57th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  5. - 99th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  6. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  7. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  8. - The 100 Best Books in the World (AbeBooks.de (in German))
  9. - The Best Classics (The Times)
  10. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)

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