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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.


John Steinbeck, 1939 (Bettmann/Corbis)

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2006.

Excerpts read from The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, copyright 1939, renewed © 1967 by John Steinbeck. Used by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Excerpts from Eleanor Roosevelt's interview with John Steinbeck on November 1, 1950, from "Today with Mrs. Roosevelt," are used courtesy of NBC Universal, Inc.

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" from The Majesty of America CD by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir © 2002 are used courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

"Dusty Old Dust," "Do Re Mi," and "The Great Dust Storm Disaster" from the Dust Bowl Ballads CD by Woody Guthrie © 2000 are used courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment and with permission of The Richmond Organization.

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