Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, 1938-1941
John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. Throughout the time he was creating his greatest work, Steinbeck faithfully kept a journal revealing his arduous journey toward its completion.
The journal, like the novel it chronicles, tells a tale of dramatic proportions—of dogged determination and inspiration, yet also of paranoia, self-doubt, and obstacles. It records in intimate detail the conception and genesis of The Grapes of Wrath and its huge though controversial success. It is a unique and penetrating portrait of an emblematic American writer creating an essential American masterpiece.
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What is it a person expects when they read the diaries of a famous person? Is it trying to derive insight into the creative process? Is it an attempt to delve into the mind of a human being? Is it a ... Read full review
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A pleasant trove of work notes released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath. Editor DeMott (English/Ohio Univ.) accidentally dug up this brief manuscript material while ... Read full review
Prelude February 1938 with Commentary
The Diary of a Book MayOctober 1938 with Commentary
Aftermath 19391941 with Commentary
Notes and Annotations