People: Dec. 21, 1962

In my heart there may be doubt that I deserve the Nobel award over other men of letters whom I hold in respect and reverence," said Author John Steinbeck 60. "But I am impelled not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession." Perhaps it was the fact that he stood on the Stockholm rostrum with five scientists (one American, four British) or perhaps it was just the old itch to shock. But at the end of his acceptance speech Steinbeck took...

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