The Grapes of Wrath, Issue 8; Issue 99

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Penguin Books, Jul 3, 2017 - Depressions - 535 pages
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.

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This is the sort of book that stirs one so deeply that it is almost impossible to attempt to convey the impression it leaves. It is the story of today's Exodus, of America's great trek, as the hordes ... Read full review

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my daughter needed some books for school. So I orfered her the ones she needed and some I had to read in high school. It has been 30 years and the books they read are the same ones we read. I was very surprised. The books were in good shape and the price was good. Read full review

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About the author (2017)

John Steinbeck (1902-68) is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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