The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition

The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition

Format
Hardcover
Price
$30.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670016907
  • 496  Pages
  • Viking Books
  • Adult

Overview

April 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the first Viking hardcover publication of Steinbeck’s crowning literary achievement

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize–winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes the very nature of equality and justice in America. As Don DeLillo has claimed, Steinbeck “shaped a geography of conscience” with this novel where “there is something at stake in every sentence.” Beyond that—for emotional urgency, evocative power, sustained impact, prophetic reach, and continued controversy—The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics.

To commemorate the book’s 75th anniversary, this volume is modeled on the first edition, featuring the original cover illustration by Elmer Hader and specially designed endpapers by Michael Schwab.

The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition

The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition

John Steinbeck

Praise

“One comes away moved, indignant, protesting, pitying. A fiery document of protest and compassion, as a story that had to be told, as a book that must be read.”
—Louis Kronenberger, The Nation
 
“It is Steinbeck’s best novel, i.e., his toughest and tenderest, his roughest written and most mellifluous, his most realistic and, in its ending, his most melodramatic, his angriest and most idyllic. It is great in the way that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was great. One of the most impassioned and exciting books of the year.”
Time
 
“Throughout I’ve tried to make the reader participate in the actuality, what he takes from it will be scaled entirely on his own depth or hollowness. There are 5 layers in this book; a reader will find as many as he can and he won’t find more than he has in himself.”
—John Steinbeck

NEWSROOM

5/2/14

 “Steinbeck on Stage: The Grapes of Wrath at 75” was presented by the National Steinbeck Center in collaboration with the Smithsonian Associates at the Ring Auditorium at the Hirshhorn Museum… Read more >

4/10/14

The 75th Anniversary of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel The Grapes of Wrath is marked by a number of special events, and NPR has chosen the book for its Book Club pick…. Read more >

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