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The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  525 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This second volume in The Library of America's authoritative edition of John Steinbeck features his acknowledged masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath.

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

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Hardcover, 1088 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Library of America
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Tony
Steinbeck, John. THE HARVEST GYPSIES. (in The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1938-1941). ****.
“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
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Steve
Mar 09, 2009 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I’ve never been so struck by the ending of any piece of fiction. I literally gasped. Then I sobbed.

Poetic. Political. Polemical. And dead on.
Kerry
My sister gave me this collection for my birthday (thanks, Krista!), and I'm loving it. In addition to The Grapes Of Wrath, which is my favorite novel, this collection includes The Long Valley (a volume of short stories, which are humorous, entertaining, and insightful), The Harvest Gypsies (a work of nonfiction research that laid the groundwork for Grapes), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (a work of nonfiction featuring Steinbeck's friend, Ed Ricketts). I read The Long Valley first, and I'm ...more
Raul
Seeing the movie before reading the novel inevitably fills the head with scenery and the faces of the actors, as the imagination is a resourceful scavenger of stored memories, but this shift of perception far from ruined my experience with The Grapes of Wrath. There was no way to shake the mug of Henry Fonda from my second acquaintance with Tom Joad. Instead of this serving as a distraction, it provided me with a template to deepen the character of this charismatic, unsubmissive anchor to the no ...more
Joe
Grapes of Wrath:Wow!I just finished reading this and what an ending. Honestly the best ending I've ever read in any book. Steinbeck writes so clearly I can feel the cotton in the feilds and the pouring rain through the valley. I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially if you like adventure.

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
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Phillip
I was born in Oklahoma City and have spent most of my life living in the state of Oklahoma. What can a native Oklahoman have to say that is bad to this classic of world literature? Nothing that is intelligible.

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.
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Brixton
July 09: The Long Valley, 4 of 5
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
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Watoozi
I was excited to read The Grapes of Wrath, as I recently became a Steinbeck fan and this is perhaps his most famous novel. But I was not impressed. He's a little too narcissistic when he gets in his descriptive mode; I like meat, not flowery appetizers. The plot is merely every other chapter - the in-betweeners are pure scenery. The language is pretty crude, too (which I don't mind overlooking if the plot compensates for it), and about half way through the book I realized I was forcing myself to ...more
Christopher Sutch
See my individual reviews of _The Long Valley_, _The Grapes of Wrath_, and _The Log from the Sea of Cortez_. I did want to say something about the appendix materials, "The Harvest Gypsies" and "Starvation under the Orange Trees" (later collected in a pamphlet titled _Their Blood Is Strong_). These latter materials are a series of newspaper articles Steinbeck wrote between 1936 and 1938 documenting the "terrorist" tactics of farmers against migrant workers. The anger is righteous and justified, a ...more
Aaron
The story of the people of the land I am from. A ravaging read. The sprawling tale of the Joads is not an easy journey, but it does light upon the resilience of hardworking Americans. A clear and mighty observing of the lengths of which we are capable. A call to action.
Sharon
I re-read many of Steinbeck's books in winter for a conference I had planned on attending. Didn't make it to the conference, but enjoyed the reading. The end image of Grapes of Wrath still leaves me speechless. I especially enjoyed "The Long Valley" this time around.
Addy
I enjoyed all the stories with the exception of 'The Log from the Sea of Cortez.' I got about four chapters in and said nevermind. But the rest of the stories were good, I enjoyed 'The Grapes of Wrath' particularly well, as well as 'The Harvest Gypsies'.
Kathleen
I read Grapes of Wrath several times in my youth and was very moved by it. Having just reread it, I was totally blown away. The commentary chapters in between the Joad story chapters are magnificent. Wow!
Kathryn Klopfer
Ugh! Worse book ever! What makes this a classic???? You read about this family during the Great Depression, you get close to the characters and it just ends with no resolution, no hope, nothing!!! Ugh!
Ellen Falls
Read The Grapes of Wrath as a child; the others in this volume, not yet. I love the Library of America volumes because of the author chronologies, the long lasting construction, and the silk place marker.
B.R. Forrester
I only read The Grapes of Wrath from this book. It was a very good story, even though the beginning was slow and the end was really weird.
Ellie
I really liked the Grapes of Wrath but I was bored with most of the other stories.
Georiscs
I really enjoyed "The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings" -- wonderful writer!
Mr. Paul
I will never forget the last three pages of this book.
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John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley
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