Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

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Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, when it was published in April 1939. By May, it was the nation’s No. 1 bestseller, flying off store shelves at a rate of 10,000 copies a week. But in Kern County, California—the Joads’ newfound home—the book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves. Obscene in the Extreme tells the remarkable story behind that fit of censorship, a moment when several lives collided as part of a larger class struggle roiling the nation. It is ...
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Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, when it was published in April 1939. By May, it was the nation’s No. 1 bestseller, flying off store shelves at a rate of 10,000 copies a week. But in Kern County, California—the Joads’ newfound home—the book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves. Obscene in the Extreme tells the remarkable story behind that fit of censorship, a moment when several lives collided as part of a larger class struggle roiling the nation. It is a superb historical narrative that serves as an engaging window into an extraordinary time of upheaval in America, when as Steinbeck put it, “A revolution is going on.”
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  • ISBN-13: 9781586487676
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Rick Wartzman is the Director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University in California and a fellow of the New America Foundation. He is the co-author, with Mark Arax, of The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dark Days 1

Chapter 2 Monday 41

Chapter 3 Tuesday 69

Chapter 4 Wednesday 109

Chapter 5 Thursday 149

Chapter 6 Friday, Saturday, Sunday 181

Chapter 7 Some Day 211

Acknowledgments 231

Notes 233

Bibliography 285

Index 293

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Would have been nice to be able to read one page

    I considered buying this book, but wanted to read one page first. After reading the table of contents and index and being blocked from even looking at one page, I've decided NOT to buy it.

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