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#DailyBookQuote 18Jul13 : John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

#DailyBookQuote : 18Jul13

 John Steinbeck

–          John Steinbeck (Feb 27, 1902 – Dec 20, 1968)

–          John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western movement of one family and a nation in search of work and human dignity. Perhaps the most American of American classics.

 The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies“, they sought jobs, land, dignity and a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: “I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this  (the Great Depression and its effects)” The book won Steinbeck a large following among the working class, perhaps due to the book’s sympathy to the workers’ movement and its accessible prose style. A celebrated Hollywood film version of this book, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.

 

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