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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.


The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University
A website with wide-ranging biographical, photographic, and critical information on Steinbeck.

The National Steinbeck Center
Maintained in Steinbeck’s hometown of Salinas, California the Center’s website offers a rich array of resources, ranging from biographical information and an archival index to web links and ideas for school field trips.


Benson, Jackson J. John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography. New York: The Viking Press, 1984.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Interpretations of "The Grapes of Wrath." New York: Chelsea House, 1988.

Burkhead, Cynthia. Student Companion to John Steinbeck Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Ditsky, John, ed. Critical Essays on Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath. " Boston: G.K. Hall, 1989.

French, Warren, ed. A Companion to "The Grapes of Wrath." New York: The Viking Press, 1963.

Johnson, Claudia Durst, ed. Understanding "The Grapes of Wrath": A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Lange, Dorothea, and Paul S. Taylor. An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1939.

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.

Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

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