Posted on December 7, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
In John Steinbeck’s classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath”, Tom Joad is the main character who moves with his family from Oklahoma to California after losing their farm during the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. The book won the National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize, was the best-selling novel of 1939, 430,000 copies were printed by 1940, and John Steinbeck went on to become awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Before writing the novel Steinbeck wrote, “I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this (the Great Depression)”. He also said, “I’ve done my damnest to rip a readers nerves to rags”. The Grapes of Wrath can be found on nearly every “Best Novel” compilation as one of the greatest novels ever written. A little known fact is the novel was the favorite of comedian Bill Hicks…
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