The Grapes of Wrath Author:John Steinbeck When in 1962 John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy cited him "for his at one and the same time realistic and imaginative writings, distinguished as they are by a sympathetic humour and a social perception," and termed his classic novel, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, an "epic chronicle...a poignant description of l... more »ife as it is lived by the common man."
When THE GRAPES OF WRATH first appeared in 1939 it electrified an America still convalescing from the depression. Particularized in the story of the Joad family, the novel is not only a powerful dramatization of the "Okies" from their bank foreclosed fields and farms; it is a dramatization as well of the plight of the dispossessed everywhere. Written out of passionate conviction by a master storyteller, THE GRAPES OF WRATH is both a great social document of an era and a milestone in America fiction. Those who have read it before will find a new impact in the rereading of it, and those of a later generation who come to it for the first time will have the shock of a major literary discovery.« less