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The Dust Bowl: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry (SE): John Steinbeck

Novels, criticism, and background information about John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was a prolific American author who won a Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath in 1940 and a Nobel Prize in 1962. His most famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath, portrayed in accurate detail the struggles of the Dust Bowl migrants. This novel of social protest was controversial when it was first published, and it remains controversial today. Steinbeck's friendship with marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts influenced his writing, which is rich in environmental details. Other novels by Steinbeck include Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden, The Pearl, and Tortilla Flats

"John Steinbeck 1962" by Nobel Foundation- Unknown photographer.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Carrier Library has both The Grapes of Wrath book and the movie available for check out. Below you will find a selection of print and online books. Please ask at the Reference Desk for help finding the movie DVD.

General Biographical and Critical Information about John Steinbeck

The Harvest Gypsies

The San Francisco News originally published The Harvest Gypsies as seven articles between Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, 1936. Steinbeck was commissioned to write these articles on migrant labor by the newspaper due to the popularity of his novel In Dubious Battle (1936). Steinbeck's experiences touring migrant camps for these articles led him to write The Grapes of Wrath (1939).