The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Hardcover, 1972





New York, Viking Press [1972]


John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western moevement of wone family and a nation in search of work and human dignity. This completely updated Viking Critical Library Edition of The Grapes of Wrath includes the full text of the novel, corrected in 1996, as well as extensive and contextual material including: Essays placing The Grapes of Wrath in social context, including a 1942 essay by Carey McWilliams about migrant workers and working conditions and a Martin Schockley piece on the reception of The Grapes of Wrath in Oklahoma Eight new essays by John Ditsky, Nellie Y. McKay, MimiReisel Gladstein, Louis Owens, and others An essay on the background to the composition of The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck's biographer, Jackson J. Benson An introduction by the editor, a chronology, a list of topics for discussion and papers, and a bibliography… (more)

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Hard to write a review of a novel that has already won so many accolades and stood the test of time. It's truly amazing. A little hard to get started as the dialect is challenging to read-- best to read in good long chunks. After the Joads set out for CA, the pace picks up. What can go wrong, does go wrong for them. Them and many thousands of actual families living that life during the depression. It's impossible for me to imaging surviving that soul-crushing existence. People who pulled through are the generation that made America great and brought about so many social changes. Even if now we have forgotten why those changes were so important. What else to say? This is must read. Timely. Timeless.… (more)



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