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Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, "The Grapes of Wrath" is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisons against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots, Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was born in Salinas, California, and died in New York City. He remains one of the most prolific and influential authors of his generation and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
"Steinbeck is a poet. . . . Everything is real, everything perfect."--Upton Sinclair, Common Sense
"I think, and with earnest and honest consideration . . . that The Grapes of Wrath is the greatest American novel I have ever read." --Dorothy Parker
"It seems to me as great a book as has yet come out of America." --Alexander Woollcott