the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1962, John Steinbeck secured
his place in American literature largely on the basis of his
inimitable novel, The Grapes of Wrath, which defined an
epoch in American life by brilliantly combining the documentary
quality of journalism with the superior insight of highly
imaginative fiction. What makes The Grapes of Wrath
such an impressive work is its panoramic view of society.
Steinbeck's remarkable accomplishment is that he not only makes
readers empathize with a single family but also makes them
identify with whole classes of people who are thrust into
chaotic conditions as the result of a devastated economy. None
of Steinbeck's subsequent work equals the breadth and depth of The
Grapes of Wrath."
STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking Press, (1939). Octavo,
original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $3000.
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