The critical response to John Steinbeck's The grapes of wrath

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Greenwood Press,
Pub. Date:
2000.
Language:
English
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When it was initially published in 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath instantly became a bestseller. Like many phenomenally popular works, it has elicited a wide range of critical responses. Some earlier reviewers faulted Steinbeck for his apparent sentimentality, while others were disturbed by his portrait of heartless, greedy Americans. Others, too, criticized his aesthetics. His novel became an important part of the American curriculum, many readers praised his epic vision, and modern critics have tended to respond favorably to his works. But despite the publication of four new editions of the book from 1989 to 1997, its place in the American literary canon is precarious.

Through reprints of early reviews and scholarly articles, along with original essays and reviews of the four most recent major editions, this volume traces the critical reception of Steinbeck's novel. The first part of the book looks back at the first 50 years of the novel's reception, from 1939 to 1989, while the second examines the response to Steinbeck during the 1990s. Some of these later essays reflect on the lasting significance of the novel, while others note that some scholars and educators have questioned its relevance. The volume includes a chronology and bibliography, and an extensive introductory essay overviews the major trends in Steinbeck scholarship.

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9780313299902
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subject_facetAbris pour travailleurs dans la littérature
California -- In literature
Crises économiques dans la littérature
Depressions in literature
Familles rurales dans la littérature
Labor camps in literature
Migrant agricultural laborers in literature
Rural families in literature
Steinbeck, John, -- 1902-1968. -- Grapes of wrath
Travailleurs agricoles migrants dans la littérature
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Depressions in literature
Familles rurales dans la littérature
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Labor camps in literature
Migrant agricultural laborers in literature
Rural families in literature
Steinbeck, John
Travailleurs agricoles migrants dans la littérature