“According to The New York Times it was the best-selling book of 1939 with more than 430,000 copies printed by February 1940. Noted Steinbeck scholar John Timmerman, in summation of the novel’s impact, said, ‘The Grapes of Wrath may well be the most thoroughly discussed novel- in criticism, reviews, and college classrooms- of 20th century American literature.’”(“Banned Books Awareness”). Despite all of the praises and awards The Grapes of Wrath received, it still produced many outcries and riots claiming Steinbeck used his novel to span the United States’ social and political way of doing things.”At times the novel literally fuelled the fires of public debate as local communities burned copies in protest.” (“Banned Books Awaren...
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...ing the dust bowl, economic hardships, and a monotonous trip across the country. The Joads expected to find a new life in California, and even though they figured it wouldn’t be easy, they still didn’t have any idea of what they were getting themselves into. They were treated poorly by the farmers in California as well as government workers. Even though it is a sad story, there is nothing false about it. People in the late 1930’s all the way up to they 1980’s did not like how Steinbeck described the journey simply because they didn’t believe it. They thought that Steinbeck was lying and thought he was a part of “communist America”. Back then, it wasn’t a good thing to be considered a communist. The Grapes of Wrath has been awarded many awards such as the National Book Award and the Pulitzer book for fiction. It also led Steinbeck to receiving the Nobel Prize in 1962.
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