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The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression,
a book that galvanizedâ€”and sometimes outragedâ€”millions of
First published in 1939, Steinbeckâ€™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
A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the
powerless, of one manâ€™s fierce reaction to injustice, and of
one womanâ€™s 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 Tomâ€™s Cabin summed up the years
of slavery before the Civil War. Sensitive to fascist and
communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that â€śThe Battle
Hymn of the Republicâ€ť be printed in its entirety in the
first edition of the bookâ€”which takes its title from the
first verse: â€śHe is trampling out the vintage where the
grapes of wrath are stored.â€ť At once a naturalistic epic,
captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel,
Steinbeckâ€™s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most
American of American Classics.
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