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The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Overview

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an Ameri First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes the very nature of equality and justice in America. Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that "The Battle Hymn of the Republic” be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the book—which takes its title from the first verse: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” As Don DeLillo has claimed, Steinbeck shaped a geography of conscience” with this novel where there is something at stake in every sentence.” Beyond that—for emotional urgency, evocative power, sustained impact, prophetic reach, and continued controversy—The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics.

John Steinbeck

About The Grapes of Wrath Description

John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories. In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley

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Original Title The Grapes of Wrath ISBN 067001690X (ISBN13: 9780670016907 ) Edition Language English Characters Tom Joad, Rose of Sharon Joad Rivers, Ma Joad, Pa Joad, Uncle John Joad...more , Jim Casy, Al Joad, Ruthie Joad, Winfield Joad, Noah Joad, Grampa Joad, Granma Joad, Connie Rivers...less setting Oklahoma (United States) California (United States) Literary Awards Pulitzer Prize for Novel (1940), National Book Award for Fiction (1939), Audie Award for Classic (1999), California Book Award Silver Medal for General Literature (1939) (401)