American author John Steinbeck wrote "Of Mice and Men," which was published in 1937. It is the story of two migrant workers who share the dream of one day owning a ranch.
The story portrays the deep friendship of two men as they live life with hopes of attaining the American Dream. Lennie's death at the hands of George, who felt he had no attractive alternative, is a double tragedy.
Steinbeck wrote the screenplay for the story in 1937, and the stage version opened the same year. The first movie based on the novella premiered in 1939; and, it starred Lon Chaney and Burgess Meredith. Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," published in 1939, also centers around the lives of migrant workers.