The harvest gypsies: on the road to the Grapes of Wrath

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Heyday Books, 1988 - Business & Economics - 62 pages
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The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath.

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User Review  - GTTexas - LibraryThing

Excellent series of articles on the problems of the dust bowl era. Much will seem familiar to the reader of "Grapes of Wrath". Thought provoking. Read full review

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User Review  - jeffome - LibraryThing

'Grapes of Wrath' is one of my all-time favorites and i just finished reading 'In Dubious Battle,' so this was an interesting take on John Steinbeck's inspiration and motivation for these works ... Read full review


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About the author (1988)

No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

Charles Wollenberg, Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College, is coeditor, with Marcia A. Eymann, of "What's Going On? California and the Vietnam Era "(UC Press) and author of "Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito" and "Golden Gate Metropolis: Perspectives on Bay Area Regional History.

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