Barron's Simplified Approach to The Grapes of Wrath

Barron's Simplified Approach to The Grapes of Wrath

Barron's Simplified Approach to The Grapes of Wrath

Barron's Simplified Approach to The Grapes of Wrath

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The most important thing to keep in mind about John Steinbeck is that at his best he is bleakly and yet bracingly honest. As a literary artist he has produced many works of varying merit. Some, like Cup of Gold and Bombs Away , now seem not likely to endure. Others, like Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row , are provocative but spotty. A few, like Of Mice and Men, In Dubious Battle , a few short stories, and -- above all -- The Grapes of Wrath , will probably enjoy literary immortality. But all of his works, good, bad, and indifferent, stem from personal experiences honestly thought through. Without a doubt, The Grapes of Wrath is his finest effort. It has the depressing savagery of naturalism at its most representative but with it the lift of a sober optimism.

Early Life

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902. Salinas is a small farm town in the lush Salinas Valley east of Monterey Bay, and this general area has been the locale of most of the novelist's best work. His paternal grandfather, John Adolph Grossteinbeck, migrated from near Dusseldorf, Germany, to New Jersey and then . . .

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