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Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath
     

Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck, Robert Demott (Editor)
 

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John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. Throughout the time he was creating his greatest work, Steinbeck faithfully kept a journal revealing his arduous journey toward its completion.

The journal, like the novel it chronicles, tells a tale of dramatic proportions—of dogged

Overview

John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. Throughout the time he was creating his greatest work, Steinbeck faithfully kept a journal revealing his arduous journey toward its completion.

The journal, like the novel it chronicles, tells a tale of dramatic proportions—of dogged determination and inspiration, yet also of paranoia, self-doubt, and obstacles. It records in intimate detail the conception and genesis of The Grapes of Wrath and its huge though controversial success. It is a unique and penetrating portrait of an emblematic American writer creating an essential American masterpiece.

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Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
To read the Grapes of Wrath now along with the journal that he kept with it is to be lifted into the presence of something inexplicable and magic. —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140144574
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
239,401
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

One of the leading American novelists of the 20th century, John Steinbeck (1902-1968) grew up in the fertile Salinas Valley in California, an environment that served as a setting for some of his best-loved books. Several of his most powerful novels, including Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath, focus on the plight of California’s laboring class, while East of Eden is an ambitious family saga. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 27, 1902
Date of Death:
December 20, 1968
Place of Birth:
Salinas, California
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925
Website:
http://www.steinbeck.org

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