The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941
Written in an incredibly compressed five-month period, the novel had an electrifying impact upon publication in 1939, unleashing a political storm with its vision of America's dispossessed struggling for survival. It continues t...more
“The Harvest Gypsies” was a study that Steinbeck published in 1936, in preparation for his writing of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Most writers do research before writing a novel, but this short work showed that he managed to identify his subject well. In it, he manages to define the opposing groups: the pickers and the growers. Then, however, there was a new vector. Migrant pickers used to be Mexicans ...more
The Long Valley: Steinbeck's literary brilliance shines through in this collection of short stories. From ranching to racial inequality to the beauty of nature, Steinbeck never fails to entertain and ...more
Steinbeck's writing is engaged throughout this tragic tale of the Joads. Though clearly a piece of socialist propaganda it does not hit the reader in the head with what it is in the same way that such pieces as Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" does. By that, I mean it is a really good story. ...more
The most of Valley's collection is solid, standard Steinbeck fare. The eleventh of thirteen stories, "Saint Katy", however, is terribly out of place in both style and content, a poorly executed experiment in fable having nothing whatever to do with the rest of the collection's shared elements of time, manner and place. It's really quite puzzling and bizarre why after ten stories we suddenly leave early 20th-century Salinas Valley in order to witness Steinbeck comp ...more
In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley ...more