In Dubious Battle

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Penguin, May 30, 2006 - Fiction - 304 pages
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This 1936 novel—set in the California apple country—portrays a strike by migrant workers that metamorphoses from principled defiance into blind fanaticism.

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User Review  - Tyson Call - Goodreads

When reviewing a John Steinbeck book, one can go either of two ways: review the man's work against all other literature, or compare it to the quality of his other books. In Dubious Battle is one of ... Read full review

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p.8 I want to work toward something. I feel dead. I thought I might get alive again. p.32 His sleep was a shouting, echoing black cave, and it extended into eternity. p.40 Mostly I'm too damn busy to ... Read full review

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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.

Professor of English and Director, Center for American Studies, Indiana University-purdue University at Indianapolis, Warren French has written or edited eleven books, including studies of Steinbeck, Norris, and Salinger, and "The Social Novel at the End of an Era,"

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