The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western movement of one family & a nation in search of work & humandignity.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 455 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.91 out of 5
  • Published January 8th 2002 by Penguin Books
  • Original Title: The Grapes of Wrath
  • ISBN: 0142000663 (ISBN13: 9780142000663)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Tom Joad
  • Rose of Sharon Joad Rivers
  • Ma Joad
  • Pa Joad
  • Uncle John Joad...more
  • Jim Casy
  • Al Joad
  • Ruthie Joad
  • Winfield Joad
  • Noah Joad
  • Grampa Joad
  • Granma Joad
  • Connie Rivers...less
  • Literary Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Novel (1940)
  • National Book Award for Fiction (1939)
  • Audie Award for Classic (1999)
  • California Book Award Silver Medal for General Literature (1939)

John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western movement of one family & a nation in search of work & human dignity. Perhaps the most American of American classics. The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, & changes in financial & agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, & in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies”, they sought jobs, land, dignity & a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: “I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression & its effects].” The book won Steinbeck a large following among the working class, perhaps due to the book’s sympathy to the workers’ movement & its accessible prose style.The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school & college literature classes. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda & directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.