of 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."
John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking Press, (1939). Octavo,
original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $3000.
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