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The Grapes of Wrath

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2nd
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9780140247756

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0140247750
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/1/1997
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Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Summary

John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western moevement of wone family and a nation in search of work and human dignity. This completely updated Viking Critical Library Edition of The Grapes of Wrath includes the full text of the novel, corrected in 1996, as well as extensive and contextual material including: Essays placing The Grapes of Wrath in social context, including a 1942 essay by Carey McWilliams about migrant workers and working conditions and a Martin Schockley piece on the reception of The Grapes of Wrath in Oklahoma Eight new essays by John Ditsky, Nellie Y. McKay, MimiReisel Gladstein, Louis Owens, and others An essay on the background to the composition of The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck's biographer, Jackson J. Benson An introduction by the editor, a chronology, a list of topics for discussion and papers, and a bibliography

Author Biography

Born in Salinas, California, in 1902, John Steinbeck grew up in a fertile agricultural valley about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast-and both valley and coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919, he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years, he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City and then as a caretaker for a Lake Tahoe estate, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California fictions, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey's paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon Is Down (1942). Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1947), The Pearl (1947), A Russian Journal (1948), another experimental drama, Burning Bright (1950), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family's history. The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata! (1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989). He died in 1968, having won a Nobel Prize in 1962.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface to the Second Edition xi(4)
Chronology xv(4)
A Note on the Text xix
I. THE GRAPES OF WRATH: THE TEXT 1(456)
Map of the Joads' Journey
2(455)
II. THE SOCIAL CONTEXT 457(48)
FRANK J. TAYLOR
California's Grapes of Wrath
457(12)
CAREY McWILLIAMS
California Pastoral
469(21)
MARTIN SHOCKLEY
The Reception of The Grapes of Wrath in Oklahoma
490(15)
III. THE CREATIVE CONTEXT 505(42)
JACKSON J. BENSON
The Background to the Composition of The Grapes of Wrath
505(21)
ROBERT DEMOTT
"Working Days and Hours": Steinbeck's Writing of The Grapes of Wrath
526(14)
JOHN STEINBECK
Suggestion for an Interview with Joseph Henry Jackson
540(7)
IV. CRITICISM 547(146)
Editors' Introduction: The Pattern of Criticism
547(15)
FREDERIC I. CARPENTER
The Philosophical Joads
562(10)
PETER LISCA
The Grapes of Wrath as Fiction
572(17)
ROBERT J. GRIFFIN
WILLIAM A. FREEDMAN
Machines and Animals: Pervasive Motifs in The Grapes of Wrath
589(14)
JOHN R. REED
The Grapes of Wrath and the Esthetics of Indigence
603(13)
PATRICK W. SHAW
Tom's Other Trip: Psycho-Physical Questing in The Grapes of Wrath
616(9)
JOHN J. CONDER
Steinbeck and Nature's Self: The Grapes of Wrath
625(18)
LOUIS OWENS
The American Joads
643(11)
JOHN DITSKY
The Ending of The Grapes of Wrath: A Further Commentary
654(10)
NELLIE Y. McKAY
From "Happy [?]-Wife-and-Motherdom": The Portrayal of Ma Joad in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
664(18)
MIMI REISEL GLADSTEIN
The Grapes of Wrath: Steinbeck and the Eternal Immigrant
682(11)
Topics for Discussion and Papers 693(8)
Bibliography 701


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