The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck, Updated Edition

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Harold Bloom
Infobase Publishing, 2009 - California
John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was published in 1939. Set during the Great Depression, the novel follows failed farmer Tom Joad and his family as they head from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl to the promised land of the W
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Grapes of Wrath
7
An Achievement of Genius
37
Ma Joads Role in The Grapes of Wrath
51
The American Joads
67
The Diminution of Ma Joad
77
The Potrayal of Ma Joan in John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath
93
Steinbecks Art of Conversion
113
The Darwinian Grapes of Wrath
149
Steinbecks Legacy in the Songs of Bruce Springsteen
159
Afterthought
171
Chronology
173
Contributors
177
Bibliography
181
Acknowledgments
185
Index
187

Water as Privileged Signifier in The Grapes of Wrath
131

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About the author (2009)

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible. Harold Bloom passed away on October 14, 2019 in New Haven, at the age of 89.

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