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The second volume in the Library of America s authoritative edition of John Steinbeck features his acknowledged masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath Written in an incredibly compressed five month period, the novel had an electrifying impact upon publication in , unleashing a political storm with its vision of America s dispossessed struggling for survival It continues to exert a powerful influence on American culture, and has inspired artists as diverse as John Ford, Woody Guthrie, and Bruce Springsteen Tracing the journey of the Joad family from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the migrant camps of California, Steinbeck creates an American epic, spacious, impassioned, and pulsating with the rhythms of living speech The novel won the Pulitzer Prize and has since sold millions of copies worldwideThis text of The Grapes of Wrath has been newly edited based on Steinbeck s manuscript, typescript, and proofs Many errors have been corrected, and words omitted or misconstrued by his typist have been restored In addition, The Harvest Gypsies, hisinvestigative report on migrant workers, which laid the groundwork for the novel, is included as an appendixThe Long Valleydisplays Steinbeck s brilliance as a writer of short stories, including such classics as The Chrysanthemums, The White Quail, Flight, and The Red Pony Set in the Salinas Valley landscape that was Steinbeck s enduring inspiration, the stories explore moments of fear, tenderness, isolation, and violence with poetic intensityThe Log from the Sea of Cortez, an account of themarine biological expedition in which Steinbeck participated with his close friend Ed Ricketts, is a unique blend of science, philosophy, and adventure, as well as one of Steinbeck s most revealing expositions of his core beliefs First published inas part of the collaborative volume Sea of Cortez, Steinbeck s narrative was reissued separately a decade later, augmented by the moving tribute About Ed Ricketts This volume contains a newly researched chronology, notes, and an essay on textual selection It is the second of four volumes in The Library of America edition of John Steinbeck s writings


10 thoughts on “The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936–1941: The Long Valley / The Grapes of Wrath / The Log from the Sea of Cortez / The Harvest Gypsies

  1. Steve Steve says:

    I ve never been so struck by the ending of any piece of fiction I literally gasped Then I sobbed.Poetic Political Polemical And dead on.


  2. Joseph Fountain Joseph Fountain says:

    And this you can know fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is the foundation of Manself, and this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.This review is for The Grapes of Wrath only.This is the second time I ve read The Grapes of Wrath I ve also read a few other works by John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath is a realist novel, third person narrative, telling the tale of Joad family as they flee the dustbowl of Oklahoma for the land of ple And this you can know fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is the foundation of Manself, and this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.This review is for The Grapes of Wrath only.This is the second time I ve read The Grapes of Wrath I ve also read a few other works by John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath is a realist novel, third person narrative, telling the tale of Joad family as they flee the dustbowl of Oklahoma for the land of plenty in California The book won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was probably the greatest factor leading to Steinbeck s Nobel Prize.My full review


  3. NanceM NanceM says:

    I totally understand why the Grapes of Wrath is a classic We can fully appreciate the historical story of real hardship without any personal experience I started with the Grapes of Wrath, and then had to read the rest of this book, only then realizing it is over a 1000 pages, but keeping my interest as much as any book has The Log from the Sea of Cortez , started out curious and interesting enough, however I found that story of sailing biologists collecting sea specimens was so repetitive I totally understand why the Grapes of Wrath is a classic We can fully appreciate the historical story of real hardship without any personal experience I started with the Grapes of Wrath, and then had to read the rest of this book, only then realizing it is over a 1000 pages, but keeping my interest as much as any book has The Log from the Sea of Cortez , started out curious and interesting enough, however I found that story of sailing biologists collecting sea specimens was so repetitive and boring, I abandoned this story after about 100 of the 275 pages Steinbeck s life events was an interesting read in the Chronology Looking forward to readingof his books


  4. Kerry Kerry says:

    My sister gave me this collection for my birthday thanks, Krista , and I m loving it In addition to The Grapes Of Wrath, which is my favorite novel, this collection includes The Long Valley a volume of short stories, which are humorous, entertaining, and insightful , The Harvest Gypsies a work of nonfiction research that laid the groundwork for Grapes , and The Log from the Sea of Cortez a work of nonfiction featuring Steinbeck s friend, Ed Ricketts I read The Long Valley first, and I m My sister gave me this collection for my birthday thanks, Krista , and I m loving it In addition to The Grapes Of Wrath, which is my favorite novel, this collection includes The Long Valley a volume of short stories, which are humorous, entertaining, and insightful , The Harvest Gypsies a work of nonfiction research that laid the groundwork for Grapes , and The Log from the Sea of Cortez a work of nonfiction featuring Steinbeck s friend, Ed Ricketts I read The Long Valley first, and I m reading The Log from the Sea of Cortez right now I plan to read The Harvest Gypsies next, and then I ll re read The Grapes of Wrath I m loving The Log from the Sea of Cortez so far Ed Ricketts is the inspiration for several of Steinbeck s fictional characters, including Doc from Cannery Row, so I m enjoying learningabout the man behind the characters This is a great collection for the both the Steinbeck novice and the enthusiast, and it comes with a useful built in book mark


  5. Martin Hernandez Martin Hernandez says:

    Este ambicioso tomo incluye tres libros y un par de ap ndices, del periodo donde el escritor comienza a ganar el reconocimiento del p blico en general Mis comentarios para cada libro por separado se pueden ver aqu The Long ValleyThe Grapes of WrathThe Log from the Sea of CortezThe Harvest Gypsies Este ambicioso tomo incluye tres libros y un par de ap ndices, del periodo donde el escritor comienza a ganar el reconocimiento del p blico en general Mis comentarios para cada libro por separado se pueden ver aqu The Long ValleyThe Grapes of WrathThe Log from the Sea of CortezThe Harvest Gypsies


  6. John Nelson John Nelson says:

    At one point John Steinbeck was regarded as one of the world s great writers His reputation carried him all the way to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.Steinbeck s standing has fallen dramatically in recent decades, and I must say I agree with this reassessment This volume contains Steinbeck s celebrated novel The Grapes of Wrath The Log from the Sea of Cortez, a non fiction account of his expedition to the Sea of Cortez with his friend, biologist Ed Ricketts and a series of short stor At one point John Steinbeck was regarded as one of the world s great writers His reputation carried him all the way to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.Steinbeck s standing has fallen dramatically in recent decades, and I must say I agree with this reassessment This volume contains Steinbeck s celebrated novel The Grapes of Wrath The Log from the Sea of Cortez, a non fiction account of his expedition to the Sea of Cortez with his friend, biologist Ed Ricketts and a series of short stories collected under the heading The Long Valley It closes with The Harvest Gypsies, Steinbeck s polemic about migratory agricultural workers in California s Central Valley.To my mind The Grapes of Wrath suffers from all the defects of the explicitly political, topical novel A great novel comes into creation when a writer sets out to tell a story and manages to touch something important, sometimes without even realizing it The explicitly political novel suffers from the need to touch all those plot points needed to convey the political message That makes it muchdifficult to maintain a coherent line toward something deeper, and the writer often isn t even that interested in doing much beyond making the political point The result is a novel which may be good, but never rises above the middle brow The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the best example of this phenomenon in American literature.Steinbeck had a decades long friendship with biologist Ed Ricketts, who lived on the edges of society by his own choice and made his living selling biological specimans to school and university laboratories In 1940 Steinbeck joined Ricketts for an expedition to the Sea of Cortez, located between Baja California and mainland Mexico Ricketts apparently was an indelible character, but the book published in the early 1950s comes offas the story of a road trip for middle aged men with no great thoughts being expressed They never went deeper than tidal pools to collect specimans Scuba gear didn t yet exist, but as a diver myself I have to wonder whether Steinbeck and Ricketts resented their inability to go deeper and see , or whether they simply accepted it, perhaps without even thinking about what they had missed.The stories of The Long Valley are an uneven collection Some seem trite, with unconvincing and unrealistic plot twists One the other hand, the four stories previously collected as The Red Pony are marvelous These stories often are thought of as children s or young adult literature because the central character is a boy named Jody who appears to be about 10 years old However, the stories are filled with incisive details and insights into the characters of Jody, his parents and grandfather, ranch hand Billy Buck, and others who pass through their corner of the central valley The stories look unflinchingly at the characters shortcomings and their sometimes snarky and unkind treatment of each other This steady gaze and Steinbeck s obvious understanding of people like this makes the characters fully rounded and gives the stories some genuine bite For my money, The Red Pony is the best thing Steinbeck ever wrote.Without The Red Pony I would give this volume three stars, but since it is included I will bump the rating up to four


  7. Gregory Gregory says:

    Its an old adage that the book is always better than the movie, and that just might be true in this case I am a big fan of the movie, which I have seen a couple of dozen times before picking up the book It was after recently showing a segment to my environmental history course that I decided to read the book What strikes me is how well the movie is adapted from the book Yes, there are some differences First, the language is muchsalty Lots of curses and few f bombs from Tom Joad and Its an old adage that the book is always better than the movie, and that just might be true in this case I am a big fan of the movie, which I have seen a couple of dozen times before picking up the book It was after recently showing a segment to my environmental history course that I decided to read the book What strikes me is how well the movie is adapted from the book Yes, there are some differences First, the language is muchsalty Lots of curses and few f bombs from Tom Joad and others Second, there is a lottalk about sex in the book Third, there arecharacters While this is true of most books when compared to the movies made from them, the Joads often met other families in the book that are not depicted in the movie Finally, the movie ends at a scene before the book ends Nevertheless, the movie is coherent, true to the general narrative of the book, and definitely captures the politics of the book One of the best parts of the book for me, is how Steinbeck alternates from chapters about the history and social impact of the depression and Dust Bowl to one focused on the Joad story I think this makes the bookvaluable and gives it muchforce


  8. Raul Raul says:

    Seeing the movie before reading the novel inevitably fills the head with scenery and the faces of the actors, as the imagination is a resourceful scavenger of stored memories, but this shift of perception far from ruined my experience with The Grapes of Wrath There was no way to shake the mug of Henry Fonda from my second acquaintance with Tom Joad Instead of this serving as a distraction, it provided me with a template to deepen the character of this charismatic, unsubmissive anchor to the no Seeing the movie before reading the novel inevitably fills the head with scenery and the faces of the actors, as the imagination is a resourceful scavenger of stored memories, but this shift of perception far from ruined my experience with The Grapes of Wrath There was no way to shake the mug of Henry Fonda from my second acquaintance with Tom Joad Instead of this serving as a distraction, it provided me with a template to deepen the character of this charismatic, unsubmissive anchor to the novel.In the novel, you see a slower push of the Joad family off their farm You see a harder, longer struggle of the Okies across the highways of the West and the valleys of California The novel also ends on a much different note than the film After leaving the theater, many moviegoers must have felt hopeful and proud for the unquenchable spirit of the little guy On film, Tom Joad gives his uplifting speech under the clear, endless night sky On paper, this same speech is given in a makeshift hovel in the ground The rolling of the credits and the closing of the back cover leaves the spectator in a much different state of mind The reader most likely feels a mix of slight disgust, sharp compassion, and deep melancholy at the seemingly unchanging cruelness of this world of haves and have nots Although Steinbeck may have disagreed, since he is quoted in the Chronology of this book saying that the movie was evenbitter than his novel If my memory serves me correct, there was also much pressure to change the ending of this novel, but Steinbeck wanted the bitterness of the migrant worker situation to sting the reader as much as possible This was a master stroke and I respect Steinbeck for ending the story on such an emotional climax.The structure of the novel is particularly interesting It s split into exactly 30 chapters Two to four chapters are dedicated to plot advancement, which are broken up by poetic minuets of a few pages each to shift the perspective away from the Joad family to small portraits of others going about their daily lives These sections were the most experimental in their use of language and a welcome change of pace from the rest of the novel The passage at the used car lot stands out particularly well The perspective would shift from mind of the owner to mind of the salesman to an omniscient description of the car lot to dialogue between the owner and salesman to the mind of the buyer to the dialogue between buyer and salesman All this was achieved smoothly without much indication in the change of the thinker or speaker There were several other similar passages Some summarized the travel of all the Midwestern migrants to the West, framing the narrative in a broader context One focused on the relations between waitresses and truckers in roadside diners The first one of these simply followed a turtle as it crossed the road, which invites a metaphorical reading These deftly written segues from the main text strengthens the story in at least two ways One, it invites a metaphorical reading of the Joad story and it drives home the point that this is an example of a much larger trend And two, it allows the reader some respite from the heavily colloquial dialogue that can weigh down the reading at times These shifts fasten some poetic wings to help carry the load of this densely dialectal, dialogue driven text It gives Steinbeck some space to show off his writing chops as well and I greatly appreciate the show.All in all, a classic that thoroughly deserves its status


  9. Daniel Hiland Daniel Hiland says:

    Let us give thanks for library used book sales and Library of America the former because I was able to snag an LOA edition for two bucks, and the latter because of the meticulous care they take when choosing which works to include in a volume In this case, the LOA published three volumes to cover as much of Steinbeck s work as possible, the edition I scored covering the author s works from 1936 41 At first glance, I saw the list of works included and thought I d get to the book at some future Let us give thanks for library used book sales and Library of America the former because I was able to snag an LOA edition for two bucks, and the latter because of the meticulous care they take when choosing which works to include in a volume In this case, the LOA published three volumes to cover as much of Steinbeck s work as possible, the edition I scored covering the author s works from 1936 41 At first glance, I saw the list of works included and thought I d get to the book at some future date, since I am currently on a quest to dive into Rex Stout s Nero Wolfe series But upon closer inspection, I discovered that there s a fifty page section About Ed Ricketts , prior to the start of Sea of Cortez A biography of sorts, the piece begins with Ed s untimely death, the result of his car colliding with a train Given the fact that Ricketts and Steinbeck spent some eighteen years hanging out, Steinbeck knew a lot about his friend, which makes all that follows take the form of a eulogythan a bio Regardless of form, it s one of the most insightful and affecting tributes I ve ever read John S covers the man s habits, lifestyle, loves, hates, virtues, vices, good deeds, and all the rest What emerges is a portrait of an intelligent, passionate man whose interests span the spectrum of human experience Ricketts was no angel, and I found myself repelled by some of his lifestyle choices, but I look at what he accomplished in the areas of marine biology and ecology, and realize I need to contribute a lotto the world I live in One last note The Log from the Sea of Cortez didn t originally contain the Ricketts bio Said addition didn t occur until the 1951 edition, three years after Ed s death That s another thing I like about the Library of America series they re always thinking of the reader


  10. Dr.J.G. Dr.J.G. says:

    Grapes of Wrath It is not easy to read, and I found it easier to see the film and understood better but therefore all theI value this work, not because it is difficult but because I could grasp it through the film And the film truly was great, especially when it came to the dialogue of mother and son at the end and Henry Fonda forever marked his place amongst the great with his portrayal and his delivery in the last speech It is an entirely worthy, great in the original sense of t Grapes of Wrath It is not easy to read, and I found it easier to see the film and understood better but therefore all theI value this work, not because it is difficult but because I could grasp it through the film And the film truly was great, especially when it came to the dialogue of mother and son at the end and Henry Fonda forever marked his place amongst the great with his portrayal and his delivery in the last speech It is an entirely worthy, great in the original sense of the word work, and for anyone from US it is a must read because it is your own history, usually not told around in the fairy tale account of your country you get officially If you are not from US it is still a great work relating a part of history of US, and entirely worthy of reading Difficult, yes Great, absolutely The book deals with the depression in US that was devastating there, the beginning of an era in Europe that ended with millions killed in war and a sizeable few millions helpless killed by their own government in gas chambers and other ways of murder, and so on In all this the poor and the not so poor that became poor in US were almost forgotten, since the nation holds on to the myth that anyone who is willing to work must do well in that country This book for one exposes such myths