The Grapes of Wrath

RORY: I know, it’s [the fridge] a little sparse.
EMILY: It’s The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of a Wrath is a 1939 novel by American author John Steinbeck. Set during the Great Depression, the book follows the failing fortunes of an Oklahoma family of tenant farmers driven from their land by drought. Seeking a better life in California, they instead find themselves exploited as cheap labour to the point of starvation.

The Grapes of Wrath was the best-selling book of 1939, and was relentlessly reviewed, criticised, debated, banned, and even burned. It won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and was a major factor in Steinbeck winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. It is regarded as one of the best books ever written, and a classic example of The Great American Novel.

The Grapes of Wrath was made into a celebrated film in 1940, directed by John Ford, and starring Henry Fonda. It is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made.

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