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March 14, 2014

Grapes of Wrath Marches On.

John Steinbeck    (1902 - 1968)

John Steinbeck
(1902 – 1968)

By Steve King.

On this day in 1939, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was published. Although Steinbeck believed that he had succeeded in his “very grave attempt to do a first-rate piece of work,” he was so convinced that his “revolutionary” book would be unpopular and unread that he tried to dissuade his publisher from having a large first printing.

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