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The Grapes of Wrath by  John Steinbeck - First Edition - 1939 - from Whitmore Rare Books and Biblio.com

The Grapes of Wrath

by Steinbeck, John

Condition: Fine/Fine


New York: Viking Press, 1939. First Edition. Fine/Fine. A Fine copy of the book in a Fine dust jacket with only slight toning to the spine panel. A lovely copy housed in a custom clamshell case. Steinbeck's classic account of the Dust Bowl and Depression era struggle of the Joad family, The Grapes of Wrath is a quintessential American classic. It would win both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize; and the Nobel Prize committee would refer to it as Steinbeck's "epic chronicle" upon giving him the award in 1962. The book was the best-selling novel of 1939 and became instantly controversial upon its release for its depiction of farmers and worker rights. Of course, The Grapes of Wrath was also adapted into the classic 1940 film, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda, which was one of the first films selected by The Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. "It is a very long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum" (Contemporary New York Times Review). Fine in Fine dust jacket.


John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath stands as a pivotal piece of American literature. The story follows the Joad family (and thousands of others) as they are driven from the Oklahoma farm where they are sharecroppers during the Great Depression. The drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries send them searching for dignity and honest work in the bountiful state of California. The novel earned Steinbeck the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1940, and inspired the classic film of the same name the same year. The film starred Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, and Steinbeck's words and ideas shine through that medium. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for the body of his work, and The Grapes of Wrath stands as his most recognized and esteemed book. - Read more: Identifying first editions of The Grapes of Wrath


  • Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 2929
  • Title: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Author: Steinbeck, John
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Publisher: Viking Press
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1939


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