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 quaters for what was regarded at the time as Steinbeck's unduly sypmpathetic portrait of a Nazi officer. While the controversy rages, the book sold over 5... more »000,000 copies within a month of publication.
The unlimate nonliterary verdict came from an unexpected source. Smuggled into Nazi-occupied countries, copied, mimegraphed, and passed from hand-to-hand, it became an inspiration to the resistance movement. So great was its power that teh Nazis made mere possession of it a capital crime!« less