The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

Novel: The Grapes of Wrath ()
Published/Performed: 1939

Author: John Steinbeck
Born: Feb 27, 1902 Salinas, CA
Passed: Dec 20, 1968 New York City, NY

Film: The Grapes of Wrath
Released: 1940

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About the Novel The Grapes of Wrath:

The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

Set during the Great Depression, 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.

The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.

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