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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.


Works about Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath

  • Benson, Jackson J. John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography. New York: The Viking Press, 1984.
  • Parini, Jay. John Steinbeck: A Biography. New York: Henry Holt, 1995.
  • Shillinglaw, Susan, ed. John Steinbeck: Centennial Reflections by American Writers. San Jose: Center for Steinbeck Studies, 2002.
  • Steinbeck, Elaine, and Robert Wallsten, eds. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters. New York: The Viking Press, 1975.
If you want to read books that influenced Steinbeck, you might enjoy:
  • The King James Bible
  • Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'arthur, 1485
  • John Dos Passos's USA Trilogy, 1930-36
  • The WPA Guides to America, 1935-36
If you want to read other writers influenced by Steinbeck, you might enjoy:
  • Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country, 1948
  • Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, 1950
  • Susan Straight's Highwire Moon, 2001
  • Luis Alberto Urrea's The Devil's Highway, 2004

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