The Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck ranked ranked # 10 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The Grapes of Wrath is a work of fiction written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939.
The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and it is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes. A celebrated Hollywood film version was made in 1940, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford.
Set in the Great Depression, the popular proletarian novel, in which descriptive, narrative, and philosophical passages succeed one
another, tells the story of a family of sharecroppers, the Joads - 'Okie' farmers driven from their land by drought and the Dust Bowl,
and forced to endure the hardships of migrant workers moving West.
Note the similarity to the name Job (pronounced like "lobe"), a man from the Old Testament that suffered greatly when tested by God, but remained faithful. The novel details the nearly hopeless situation of the downtrodden American farmer in the years of the Great Depression, and emphasizes cooperative solutions to the social problems brought about by industrialization.
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