The Moon Is Down Author:John Steinbeck Published in 1942, THE MOON IS DOWN was probably the most controversial literary work to appear during World War II. While few could deny its stunning power, it was bitterly attacked in some quarters for what was regarde at the time as Steinbeck's unduly sympathetic portrait of a Nizi officer. While the controvesy raged the book sold over 500,00... more »0 copies within a month of publication.
The ultimate nonliterary credit came from an unexpected source. Smuggled into Nazi-occupied countries, copied, mimeographed, and passed from hand-to-hand, it becam an inspiration to the resistance movement. So great was its power that the Nazis made mere possession of it a capital crime !« less