The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 1939 | 1st Edition


First edition, first printing of this Pulitzer Prize winning epic. Publisher’s original oatmeal cloth decorated in brown, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” end sheets. Light stain to head of spine and some toning. Previous owner’s name to the paste-down. Binding tight, interior bright & clean, tear to the bottom of the half-title page as seen in the picture. Comes with a facsimile DJ. Overall a Very Good copy of this classic.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

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