The Grapes of Wrath


Author: Steinbeck, John/ Demott, Robert J. (INT)
ISBN: 9780143039433 Publisher: Penguin Group USA

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanizedÑand sometimes outragedÑmillions of readers.

First published in 1939, SteinbeckÕs 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 manÕs fierce reaction to injustice, and of one womanÕs stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America.

The Grapes of Wrath summed up its era in the way that Uncle TomÕs Cabin summed up the years of slavery before the Civil War. Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that ÒThe Battle Hymn of the RepublicÓ be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the bookÑwhich takes its title from the first verse: ÒHe is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.Ó At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, SteinbeckÕs powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

This edition contains an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Robert Demott.

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