2 J. Edgar Hoover Had John Steinbeck Audited Every Year By The IRS
Former Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover hated American author John Steinbeck so much he had him audited by the IRS every year. The reason Hoover hated Steinbeck so much is because he thought he was a communist. In reality Steinbeck was quite a proud patriot who tried to give those who were powerless a voice. Because of his personal views he became a political target of FBI Director Hoover. Since Steinbeck had done nothing criminally wrong, Hoover asked the IRS to audit him every year of his life, just to be politically annoying. I’m sorry, but that’s just being an asshole.
Although Steinbeck was not a communist, he had some very close ties to the movement. He had connections with the League of American Writers and the United States Communist Party’s John Reed Club for writers. He also had close contact with many left leaning authors, journalists and unions.
John Steinbeck is best known for his works Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath, and also for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.