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The Grapes of Wrath (Paperback)

Author:  John/ Demott Steinbeck Introduction:  Robert Demott
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143039431
ISBN-13: 9780143039433
Sku: 31302010
Publish Date: 3/28/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  464
Age Range:  22 to UP
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To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. (from the first line)
Now available in a Penguin Classics edition, Steinbeck's classic comes with a completely revised Introduction and, for the first time, detailed notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott.
John Steinbeck lived and worked with a group of migrant workers in California, from whom he drew the material for his great Dust Bowl saga of a wandering Okie family, the Joads. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel awakened the American reading public to the plight of migrant workers and made Steinbeck famous worldwide. One of the most popular novels of the Great Depression, it has come to be regarded as a classic work of social realism and was made into an acclaimed movie.
Author Bio
John Steinbeck
Growing up in California, Steinbeck witnessed firsthand the struggles of migrant workers that he wrote about so eloquently in his fiction. He attended Stanford University, studying marine biology but never finishing his degree. All his fiction deals with the plight of the common man and his outrage at injustice and oppression. He is best remembered for THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1939), which led to much-needed agricultural reform and has been compared to UNCLE TOM'S CABIN in terms of its impact. In addition to writing novels, Steinbeck was also a successful screenwriter. Despite the strong sense of place in his California fiction, he lived toward the end of his life in New York City, saying, "If you have lived in New York, no place else is good enough." He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1962.


"As a high school kid struggling to write fiction, some books meant more than others, and some burst upon me with the power of a thunderbolt. John Steinbeck's 'Grapes of Wrath was one of those. The humanity of the story lifted me as a reader, but as an apprentice in the craft of writing, I was excited--almost breathless, really--with the audacity of Steinbeck's technique. He shifts, especially in the early going, from the wide focus (as the Okies stream west toward California) to the narrow with the aplomb of an acrobat. Probably the best example of Steinbeck working in tight focus is the turtle-crossing-the-road segment in 'Grapes'...I was moved by his ability to indicate the eternal by delineating the prosaic." - Stephen King

New York Times Book Review
"It is a very long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as though it had been composed in a flash, ripped off a typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum. It is a long and thoughtful novel as one thinks about it. It is a short and vivid scene as one feels it." - Peter Munro Jack 04/16/1939

Times Literary Supplement
"[T]here are moments when THE GRAPES OF WRATH reads like an early glimpse of what would become the phenomenon of economic globalization." - Michael Greenberg 04/26/2002

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0464
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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