Whose Names Are Unknown


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University of Oklahoma Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

SANORA BABB (1907–2005) became an acclaimed short story writer, poet, and author of three novels.

Lawrence Rodgers, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University, Corvallis, is author of Canaan Bound: The African-American Great Migration Novel.


"The publication of Whose Names Are Unknown rights a decades-old literary wrong." -The Salt Lake Tribune
Babb puts a human face on the "Okies" and others who faced economic and social disaster, yet managed to retain their humanness, faith, and inner dignity. Is it better that Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath? I think so, but you be the judge" -Mike Nobles, Tulsa World
"As vibrant and timely today as when it was begun in the migrant camps of California, Sanora Babb's first novel depicts the pride, suffering, and resilience of uprooted Anglo farmers who confront economic and ecological disaster. Resisting forces within society that devalue and marginalize them, the declassed refugees work together to form enduring communities." -Douglas Wixson, author of Worker-Writer in America: Jack Conroy and the Tradition of Midwestern Literary Radicalism, 1898-1869
"Sanora Babb's Whose Names Are Unknown has enjoyed an underground reputation for many years among those scholars who have known of its existence. Babb is a skillful artist who identified wholeheartedly with the ordeal of the dispossessed during the 1930s. The recovery of her novel is a miraculous gift that will play an important part in future reconsiderations of mid-century U.S. literature." -Alan M. Wald, author of Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left