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The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath / Edition 2

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The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath / Edition 2

Cultural Writing. Journalism. Introduction by Charles Wollenberg. Listed in NYU's "Top 100 List of the Century's Best American Journalism," this best-selling volume gathers seven newspaper articles on migrant farmworkers written for the San Francisco News in 1936 by John Steinbeck, three years before he wrote The Grapes of Wrath. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters' camps and Hoovervilles of California. Here he found once strong, independent farmers so reduced in dignity, sick, sullen and defeated that they had been "cast down to a kind of subhumanity." He contrasts their misery with the hope offered by government resettlement camps, where self-help communities were restoring dignity and indeed saving lives. THE HARVEST GYPSIES gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. 22 B&W photos

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ISBN-13: 9781890771614
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publication date: 08/14/2002
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 62
Sales rank: 205,371
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, CA, in 1902. Steinbeck realized that the migration caused by the Dust Bowl was drastically changing the labor forces of California from the foreign "cheap labor" to a higher standard of living for the farm workers. He felt for these migrant workers, and with the help of a friend, Tom Collins, unsuccessfully tried to get federal aid and sympathy, as shown in the articles of The Harvest Gypsies. Steinbeck continued in his crusade, publishing The Grapes of Wrath, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

Date of Birth:

February 27, 1902

Date of Death:

December 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

Salinas, California

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925

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ASenecal More than 1 year ago
A must read of Steinbeck as journalist on the condition of destitute people from the Midwest seeking a new start in California. Capitalism at its worse. Too few farm owners tried to give decent living conditions to those "harvest gypsies" and the state gave some hope and some dignity to the migrants thanks to experimental camps provided for them. Powerful journalism by the simple telling of the bare reality.