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The Grapes of Wrath

By John Steinbeck
  • ISBN Code: : 0735254273
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Pages : 455
  • Category : Fiction
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An epic human drama depicting the devastating effects of the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, cementing its place as the most American of American classics. First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s novel chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their repeated collisions with hard realities of an America divided into the Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama intensely human and yet magnificent in scale and moral. An evocative portrait of the conflict between powerful and powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, The Grapes of Wrath probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

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Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 1479456470
  • Total of Pages : 104
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 876
  • Pdf File: of-mice-and-men.pdf

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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck and first ublished in 1937. It chronicles the experiences of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States. Steinbeck based the novella on his own experiences working alongside migrant farm workers as a teenager in the 1910s (before the arrival of the Okies that he would describe in The Grapes of Wrath). The title is taken from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse", which reads: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley". (The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.) While it is a book taught in many schools, Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of censors for vulgarity, and what some consider offensive and racist language; consequently, it appears on the American Library Association's list of the Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century.

The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

By John Steinbeck
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101138874
  • Total of Pages : 624
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 276
  • Pdf File: the-short-novels-of-john-steinbeck.pdf

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A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Steinbeck's brilliant short novels Collected here for the first time in a deluxe paperback volume are six of John Steinbeck's most widely read and beloved novels. From the tale of commitment, loneliness and hope in Of Mice and Men, to the tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society in Cannery Row, to The Pearl's examination of the fallacy of the American dream, Steinbeck stories of realism, that were imbued with energy and resilience. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Grapes of Wrath

By Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris,Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour
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  • Publisher : Armand Colin
  • Book Code : 2200256868
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
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  • Pdf File: the-grapes-of-wrath.pdf

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Cet ouvrage traite de la nouvelle question au CAPES et à l'agrégation d'anglais.

The Cocktail Party

By T. S. Eliot
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  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Book Code : 0571300685
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Drama
  • Members : 692
  • Pdf File: the-cocktail-party.pdf

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'Obviously something more than a successful play, it is the practical demonstration of a patently conceived theory of dramatic form, and as such of high historical interest.' Times Literary Supplement 'Eliot has attempted here something very daring and well worth doing. He has taken the ordinary West End drawing room comedy convention - understatement, upper-class accents and all - and used it as a vehicle for utterly serious ideas.' Observer

John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”. An Analysis

By Arndt Schmidt
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  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Book Code : 365613328X
  • Total of Pages : 11
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 736
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Facharbeit (Schule) aus dem Jahr 2001 im Fachbereich Englisch - Literatur, Werke, Note: 1,0, Kreisgymnasium Halle (12. Klasse), Veranstaltung: Englisch Leistungskurs, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: „The Grapes of Wrath“ has surely had a deep impact not only on world‘s literature, but also on the consciousness of the working class in general. Millions of sold copies worldwide imply that Steinbeck’s thinking must have impressed and influenced a lot of people around the globe indeed. Thus, „The Grapes of Wrath“ has inspired activist songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen and Woodie Guthrie to write songs in order to put the spirit of the book into sound. While the latter of these two musicians had not yet read the book, but only seen the movie when he wrote a song that simply summarizes the storyline, Bruce Springsteen has managed to compose an exceedingly moving and popular piece of music. „The Ghost of Tom Joad“ carries on the hope which is contained in the novel (just to anticipate a bit the answer to the sub-question of this work’s title). The struggling of the poor and unprivileged is today not less existent than at the time when „The Grapes of Wrath“ takes place. However, today’s face of the world has been changed by the effects of information technology. The globalization of markets and the ongoing merging of corporations, resulting in economic giants with fierce extent of power, the WTO and the World Bank are expressions of an economic system which still legitimizes the exploitation of have-nots by a shrinking wealthy upper-class. Nevertheless, there is a movement and a progress visible (though not on screens dominated by corporate media). Resistance against exploitation forms wherever people understand the need and possibility to organize. „The Grapes of Wrath“ contributes a lot to making people realize this. Last but not least, it conveys a spirit that strengthens people’s will to survive and show compassion for each other, which is why i would like to reflect on this book.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

By Harriet Beecher Stowe
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  • Publisher : BookRix
  • Book Code : 3736804776
  • Total of Pages : 724
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 399
  • Pdf File: uncle-tom-s-cabin.pdf

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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife Emily Shelby believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them—Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza—to a slave trader. Emily Shelby is averse to this idea because she had promised her maid that her child would never be sold; Emily's son, George Shelby, hates to see Tom go because he sees the man as his friend and mentor. When Eliza overhears Mr. and Mrs. Shelby discussing plans to sell Tom and Harry, Eliza determines to run away with her son. The novel states that Eliza made this decision because she fears losing her only surviving child (she had already miscarried two children). Eliza departs that night, leaving a note of apology to her mistress. Tom is sold and placed on a riverboat which sets sail down the Mississippi River. While on board, Tom meets and befriends a young white girl named Eva. Eva's father Augustine St. Clare buys Tom from the slave trader and takes him with the family to their home in New Orleans. Tom and Eva begin to relate to one another because of the deep Christian faith they both share.

Long Lost

By Jacqueline West
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062691775
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 471
  • Pdf File: long-lost.pdf

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“Perfect to be read late into the night.”—Stefan Bachmann, internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar “A spooky sisterhood mystery that is sure to be a hit with readers.”—School Library Journal (starred review) “Grab a flashlight and stay up late with this one.”—Kirkus Reviews Once there were two sisters who did everything together. But only one of them disappeared. New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West’s Long Lost is an atmospheric, eerie mystery brimming with suspense. Fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts series will lose themselves in this mesmerizing and century-spanning tale. Eleven-year-old Fiona has just read a book that doesn’t exist. When Fiona’s family moves to a new town to be closer to her older sister’s figure skating club—and far from Fiona’s close-knit group of friends—nobody seems to notice Fiona’s unhappiness. Alone and out of place, Fiona ventures to the town’s library, a rambling mansion donated by a long-dead heiress. And there she finds a gripping mystery novel about a small town, family secrets, and a tragic disappearance. Soon Fiona begins to notice strange similarities that blur the lines between the novel and her new town. With a little help from a few odd Lost Lake locals, Fiona uncovers the book’s strange history. Lost Lake is a town of restless spirits, and Fiona will learn that both help and danger come from unexpected places—maybe even from the sister she thinks doesn’t care about her anymore. New York Times–bestselling and acclaimed author Jacqueline West weaves a heart-pounding, intense, and imaginative mystery that builds anticipation on every page, while centering on the strong and often tumultuous bond between sisters. Laced with suspense, Long Lost will fascinate readers of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Secret Keepers and fans of ghost stories.

The Melody

By Jim Crace
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0735235228
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 239
  • Pdf File: the-melody.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead, a tender new novel about music, lost love, and the way barely whispered fears and desires push their way into the light. Alfred Busi lives alone in his villa overlooking the waves, with only his trusted piano for company. Famed in his town for his music and songs, he is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days--occasionally performing the classics in small venues, though never in the stadiums he could fill when in his prime. On the night before receiving his town's highest honour, Busi is wrested from his bed by noises in his courtyard, and then stunned by an attacking intruder. His hands and neck are scratched, and his face is bitten. Busi can't say what it was that he encountered, exactly, but he feels his assailant was neither man nor animal. The attack sets off a chain of events that will cast a shadow on Busi's career, imperil his home, and alter the fabric of his town. Busi's own account of what happened is embellished to fan the flames of old rumour--of an ancient race of people living in the surrounding forest--and to spark new controversy: something must finally be done about the town's poor, the feral vegabonds whose numbers have been growing. Meanwhile Busi, weathering a media storm, must come to terms with his wife's death and decide whether to sing one last time. The Melody is a story about grief and aging, about reputation and its loss, and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. In trademark crystalline prose, Jim Crace portrays a man taking stock of his life and looking into an uncertain future, all while bearing witness to a community in the throes of great change--with echoes of today's most pressing social questions.

Farewell To Manzanar

By Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston,James D. Houston
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0547528612
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Members : 145
  • Pdf File: farewell-to-manzanar.pdf

Book Short Summary:

During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees. One of the first families to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. For Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-year-old child, Manzanar became a way of life in which she struggled and adapted, observed and grew. For her father it was essentially the end of his life. At age thirty-seven, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston recalls life at Manzanar through the eyes of the child she was. She tells of her fear, confusion, and bewilderment as well as the dignity and great resourcefulness of people in oppressive and demeaning circumstances. Written with her husband, Jeanne delivers a powerful first-person account that reveals her search for the meaning of Manzanar. Farewell to Manzanar has become a staple of curriculum in schools and on campuses across the country. Last year the San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the twentieth century’s 100 best nonfiction books from west of the Rockies. First published in 1973, this new edition of the classic memoir of a devastating Japanese American experience includes an inspiring afterword by the authors.

Steinbeck's Typewriter

By Robert DeMott
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1475969503
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 123
  • Pdf File: steinbeck-s-typewriter.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“[Steinbeck’s Typewriter: Essays on His Art] collects several of DeMott’s finest essays on Steinbeck... [that are] so carefully revised as to warn other critics seeking their own ‘collected essay’ volume of the difference between a genuinely lapidary compilation and a kitchen midden. Illustrated with some rare photos, this collection is especially notable...” —John Ditsky, Choice “...Steinbeck’s Typewriter... stands as the most in-depth treatment of Steinbeck’s aesthetics, particularly in its exploration of the author’s ‘interior spaces and creative habits,’ elements of Steinbeck’s artistry which have not only been underestimated but woefully ignored.” —Stephen George, Steinbeck Review

Revelation

By
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  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Book Code : 0857861018
  • Total of Pages : 64
  • Category : Bibles
  • Members : 643
  • Pdf File: revelation.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

By Anne Tyler
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  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Book Code : 0385691394
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 479
  • Pdf File: dinner-at-the-homesick-restaurant.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Pearl Tull may be dying, but she remembers well the day her husband abandoned her and left her to raise their three children--Cody, Ezra, and Jenny--by herself. Now, as these three are brought together by Pearl's nearing death, each sibling recounts the bitter memories of their childhood: Cody, the oldest, who felt responsible as the cause for his father's departure, all the while hiding his envy for his younger brother Ezra, whom he believes to be his mother's favourite; Ezra, the kind, nurturing young son whose sole wish is to see his family be together and happy, trying repeatedly (and failing) to bring his splintered family together for a meal at the restaurant where he works; and Jenny, the willful scholar, who only encounters familial stability after her third marriage. Contending with the troubles of their past and present, Ezra makes a final attempt to bring the family together for a meal, where the Tull siblings will come together to hash out their repressed feelings--and encounter a surprise visitor--recounting with painful candor what the family meant to them.

Once There Was a War

By John Steinbeck
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1440633991
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 687
  • Pdf File: once-there-was-a-war.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A Penguin Classic “Age can never dull this kind of writing,” writes the Chicago Tribune of John Steinbeck’s dispatches from World War II, filed for the New York Herald Tribune in 1943, which vividly captured the human side of war. Writing from England in the midst of the London blitz, North Africa, and Italy, Steinbeck focuses on the people as opposed to the battles, portraying everyone from the guys in the bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour. He eats and drinks with soldiers behind enemy lines, talks with them, and fights beside them. First published in book form in 1958, these writings, now with a new introduction by Mark Bowden, create an unforgettable portrait of life in wartime that continues to resonate with truth and humanity.

Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs...She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse

By Paul Carter
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  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Book Code : 1741153816
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 650
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Book Short Summary:

'Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell.' - John Birmingham, bestselling author of He Died with a Felafel in his Hand 'A unique look at a gritty game. Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable.' - Phillip Noyce, director of The Quiet American and Clear and Present Danger Paul Carter has been shot at, hijacked and held hostage. He's almost died of dysentery in Asia and toothache in Russia, watched a Texan lose his mind in the jungles of Asia, lost a lot of money backing a mouse against a scorpion in a fight to the death, and been served cocktails by an orang-utan on an ocean freighter. And that's just his day job. Taking postings in some of the world's wildest and most remote regions, not to mention some of the roughest oil rigs on the planet, Paul has worked, gotten into trouble and been given serious talkings to in locations as far-flung as the North Sea, Middle East, Borneo and Tunisia, as exotic as Sumatera, Vietnam and Thailand, and as flat out dangerous as Columbia, Nigeria and Russia, with some of the maddest, baddest and strangest people you could ever hope not to meet. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating, crazed, sometimes terrifying, usually bloody funny ride through one man's adventures in the oil trade. When not getting into trouble on the rigs Paul lives a quiet life in Sydney.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

By Sarah Vowell
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 0743233360
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 187
  • Pdf File: the-partly-cloudy-patriot.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From public radio This American Life contributor and self-described “history nerd” Sarah Vowell comes a collection of humorous and personal essays investigating American history, pop culture and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell travels through the American past and in doing so ponders a number of curious questions: Why is she happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Salem or Gettysburg? Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks? Why is a bad life in sunny California so much worse than a bad life anywhere else? What is it about the Zen of foul shots? And, in the title piece, why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot? Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, themes, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is a teeming and engrossing book, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

Complete Works of John Steinbeck (illustrated)

By John Steinbeck
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  • Publisher : Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
  • Book Code : PKEY:SMP2300000063417
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  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: complete-works-of-john-steinbeck.pdf

Book Short Summary:

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. has been called "a giant of American letters”. During his writing career, he authored 33 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. His magnum opus ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1939), which epitomises the harrowing events of the Clutch Plague era, stirred widespread sympathy for the plight of migrant workers. Many of Steinbeck's works are set in the Salinas Valley of his childhood and they frequently explore themes of fate and the injustices suffered by their everyman protagonists. Fashioned with rich symbolic structures, they convey archetypal qualities in enduring characters, winning for Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature. The major works of Steinbeck are In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Travels with Charley.

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

By Stephen Crane
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  • Publisher : Greenbooks editore
  • Book Code : 9791259717504
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  • Pdf File: maggie.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is an 1893 novella by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). The story centers on Maggie, a young girl from the Bowery who is driven to unfortunate circumstances by poverty and solitude. The work was considered risqué by publishers because of its literary realism and strong themes.

Collected Works of John Steinbeck

By John Steinbeck
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John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. has been called "a giant of American letters”. His magnum opus ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1939), which epitomises the harrowing events of the Clutch Plague era, stirred widespread sympathy for the plight of migrant workers. Many of Steinbeck's works are set in the Salinas Valley of his childhood and they frequently explore themes of fate and the injustices suffered by their everyman protagonists. Fashioned with rich symbolic structures, they convey archetypal qualities in enduring characters, winning for Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature. The major works of Steinbeck are Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath.

Biblical Symbolism in John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath"

By Sirinya Pakditawan
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  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Book Code : 3656841195
  • Total of Pages : 12
  • Category : Literary Collections
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,2, , language: English, abstract: In 1938 John Steinbeck began writing The Grapes of Wrath, a novel which was to gain him his greatest acclaim. This novel is set in the time of the Great Depression and of the Dust Bowl in America. In The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck tries to expose the hardships and plights of the people dispossessed from their lands during that time. People like the Joads from Oklahoma that were to become exploited migrant workers in California, a place which they thought the Promised Land. Hence, Steinbeck gained the reputation of being a “proletarian writer” because he sides with the common worker. Thus, The Grapes of Wrath also belongs to Steinbeck’s Labor Trilogy. What is more, his novel was sharply criticized and very much discussed at the time of its publication: “It was publicly banned and burned by citizens, it was debated on national radio hook-ups; but above all, it was read”. In spite of all this critique, in 1940 Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this novel and in 1962 he also won the Noble Prize for Literature. Hence, the Grapes of Wrath must be more than simply a piece of propagandistic writing. In point of fact, “Steinbeck patterned the book on far more universal themes, both the biblical story of Exodus, and also humanity’s capacity for survival (...) in the face of (...) calamity”. It is very interesting that Steinbeck uses biblical parallels in his story. Thus, he alludes to the Old Testament, the Israelites and the Exodus as well as to Christ and the New Testament. In other words, one might also say that Steinbeck takes the reader through the development of the Bible in order to reveal the migrants’ developing humanity and religion. This is already suggested by the title of this novel for it is taken from The Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe. The fact that Steinbeck’s great American novel seems to rely firmly on a biblical consciousness is suggested in this context because the lyrics of the Battle Hymn also refer to the biblical passage Revelation. This passage appeals to deliverance in the final judgement. Hence, as far as the novel is concerned, it is suggested that there will also be deliverance of the workers after managing all their hardships and developing compassion and humanity.

What becomes of history: the movie "The Grapes of Wrath" as epic saga of human endurance

By Martina Kästner
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  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Book Code : 3638574385
  • Total of Pages : 21
  • Category : Literary Collections
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Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Erfurt (Anglistik), course: Vom Buch zum Film: Steinbecks "The Grapes of Wrath", 16 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In 1936 Steinbeck was commissioned by a San Francisco newspaper to write a series of articles about the migrant farmers who had lost the land they had worked on in the region of the Dust Bowl and who therefore came to California to find work and to start a new life. Steinbeck travelled to the region and witnessed the hardships those farmers had to endure with his own eyes. He was deeply moved by their fate and wanted to help them. Interestingly, he decided that instead of writing newspaper articles about them, he was going to write a novel. Steinbeck thus chose a fictional medium over a documentary one to inform the public about a highly topical subject. His novel The Grapes of Wrath was made into a film only one year after it had been published in 1939. The movie, which carried the same title, was immensely successful and won the director John Ford an Oscar Award. Thus Steinbeck succeeded in drawing attention to the hard lot of the migrant farmers. “What becomes of history?” is the first part of the title for my paper. I take this to refer to the relationship between historical reality and its depictions in literary an cinematic works of art (and not to a mere tracing of historical details in an otherwise fictional piece of art). I think I am justified in doing so, because that seems to be the striking particularity of the book’s creation: Steinbeck obviously thought the novel, which is usually associated with fiction, to be a better medium to convey historical reality than a classical medium of documentary nature like a news article in a newspaper. The same particularity applies to the movie, which is not a documentary. Since success proved both, Steinbeck and Ford, right, the interesting question is: How and why can works of art convey historical reality and how is this done in the movie The Grapes of Wrath? In order to answer this question, I will briefly recount in the first chapter the historical events Steinbeck’s book and Ford’s movie are based on. I will then proceed in the second chapter to give a summary of the plot of the movie that is set in the historical reality described in the first chapter. Also in the second chapter, there will be an analysis of the movie in terms of saga and then epic saga as well as a discussion of how its main theme human endurance is borne out. [...]

Hollywood Speaks Out

By Robert L. Hilliard
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 9781444308518
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Performing Arts
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Hollywood Speaks Out explores that rare Hollywood featurethat dared to tackle red-hot, social issues whilst American societywas gripped by the convulsion and controversy they generated. Explores why Hollywood has always been risk-adverse, and howmost feature flms deal with controversial issues long after thecontroversy is past Organized around such important issues as poverty, racism,sexism, war, anti-Semitism, and homophobia Discusses the relevance and the impact of feature films fromModern Times to WALL-E

Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck
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  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Book Code : 073525429X
  • Total of Pages : 105
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 853
  • Pdf File: of-mice-and-men.pdf

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George and Lennie are an unlikely pair: George is small and quick, and Lennie is a man of tremendous size and simple mind. But together they’ve formed a family, rallying against seclusion and alienation. As laborers in California’s vegetable fields in the Great Depression, they find work where they can, but they have big dreams of owning land and a shack they can call their own. So when they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, their big dreams suddenly seem within reach. But George cannot guard the childlike Lennie from life’s provocations, nor can he predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to what George has taught him. A tragic and moving story of friendship, loneliness, and the dispossessed, Of Mice and Men is classic John Steinbeck—heart wrenching and remarkable. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Literature and the Bible

By David Bevan
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789051834970
  • Total of Pages : 206
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 429
  • Pdf File: literature-and-the-bible.pdf

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Study Guide to Of Mice and Men and Other Works by John Steinbeck

By Intelligent Education
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  • Publisher : Influence Publishers
  • Book Code : 1645424359
  • Total of Pages : 212
  • Category : Study Aids
  • Members : 539
  • Pdf File: study-guide-to-of-mice-and-men-and-other-works.pdf

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A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works byJohn Steinbeck’s, 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner. Titles in this study guide include The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden, and The Winter of our Discontent. As an author of the Civil Rights Era, Steinbeck effectively writes symbolic structures and conveys social criticism in a progressively idealistic tone. Moreover, his proletarian themes strike a universal chord with readers as they battle with moral and complex ideologies. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of John Steinbeck’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.

The Pull of Politics

By Milton A. Cohen
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  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Book Code : 0826274153
  • Total of Pages : 332
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 213
  • Pdf File: the-pull-of-politics.pdf

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In the late 1930s, John Steinbeck, Richard Wright, and Ernest Hemingway wrote novels that won critical acclaim and popular success: The Grapes of Wrath, Native Son, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. All three writers were involved with the Left at the time, and that commitment informed their fiction. Milton Cohen examines their motives for involvement with the Left; their novels’ political themes; and why they separated from the Left after the novels were published. These writers were deeply conflicted about their political commitments, and Cohen explores the tensions that arose between politics and art, resulting in the abandonment of a political attachment.

The Global and American Spirit

By Evan Lanning
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1796059358
  • Total of Pages : 238
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 932
  • Pdf File: the-global-and-american-spirit.pdf

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From the great thinkers of Ancient Greece to the illustrious forebears of America’s founding to the fearless leaders of free peoples who inspired the twentieth-century world through the disturbing turmoil and despair of two global wars—wars that resulted in genocide, mass destruction, and cultural decay—all of history seems to direct us, respectively, toward the light of truth, the sound of liberty, and the resolve of democracy. Encapsulating this and more with a sweeping series of essays, the exciting new author Evan Lanning takes us up to today’s disturbing world of critical un-thinking, historical illiteracy, unrelenting group-think, and agenda-driven “truth-telling.” In this world of unconstructive, ineffective, and ultimately destructive passions of party spirit, Lanning asks us to consider the limits of our knowledge and to surrender our respective feelings in exchange for the nobler pursuit of truth rooted in fact. Only when we recognize how much we do not know will we be able to find our way through this darkened world. Only when we realize how much humanity cannot know will we understand our need for a deeper source of meaning. In The Global and American Spirit, Lanning attempts to pierce through the darkness of political acquiescence by asserting that we must lift our eyes to the light of Truth and stand upon the shoulders of the greats in order to see the American spirit reborn. Lanning appeals to the American people to take heart once again that “the energy, the faith, [and] the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it.” In short, he asks Americans to rekindle Faith, in order that “the glow from that fire can truly light the world!”

Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings

By Lynn M. Houston
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440842558
  • Total of Pages : 381
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 99
  • Pdf File: literary-geography.pdf

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This reference investigates the role of landscape in popular works and in doing so explores the time in which they were written. • Discusses books and poems covered on the AP English Literature and Composition exam, the most-assigned pieces of literature on high school reading lists, and well-loved contemporary books • Examines specific pieces of literature in the geographical and historical context in which they were written, making this book especially relevant to core curriculum standards • Provides comprehensive content that is unique in the library market • Includes recommendations of complimentary works • Features organization alphabetical by work, making it easy to navigate • Maintains an accessible style useful for high school and general education college courses

Grapes of Glory

By Adell Harvey
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1465332219
  • Total of Pages : 235
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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  • Pdf File: grapes-of-glory.pdf

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“Grapes of Glory . . . is an insightful look into the challenges, victories, and disappointments of dedicated men and women who have had God’s heart for migrant workers . . . You will be blessed and challenged by this story about how God used ordinary men and women to impact the lives of so many disparate groups for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.” — Dr. Clyde Cook, President, BIOLA University -

Cannery Row

By John Steinbeck
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  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Book Code : 0735254311
  • Total of Pages : 181
  • Category : Fiction
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In this tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, Steinbeck focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of friends in Monterey, California, he interweaves the stories of Lee, Doc, and Mack, the inhabitants of Cannery Row. What results is a procession of linked vignettes and a novel that is at once Steinbeck’s most humorous and poignant works, filled with human warmth, camaraderie, and love. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Culture Wars

By Roger Chapman
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  • Publisher : M.E. Sharpe
  • Book Code : 0765622505
  • Total of Pages : 768
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 485
  • Pdf File: culture-wars.pdf

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A collection of letters from a cross-section of Japanese citizens to a leading Japanese newspaper, relating their experiences and thoughts of the Pacific War.

The Agrarian Vision

By Paul Thompson
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813173817
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Nature
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  • Pdf File: the-agrarian-vision.pdf

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As industry and technology proliferate in modern society, sustainability has jumped to the forefront of contemporary political and environmental discussions. The balance between progress and the earth’s ability to provide for its inhabitants grows increasingly precarious as we attempt to achieve sustainable development. In The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics, Paul B. Thompson articulates a new agrarian philosophy, emphasizing the vital role of agrarianism in modern agricultural practices. Thompson, a highly regarded voice in environmental philosophy, unites concepts of agrarian philosophy, political theory, and environmental ethics to illustrate the importance of creating and maintaining environmentally conscious communities. Thompson describes the evolution of agrarian values in America, following the path blazed by Thomas Jefferson, John Steinbeck, and Wendell Berry. Providing a pragmatic approach to ecological responsibility and commitment, The Agrarian Vision is a significant, compelling argument for the practice of a reconfigured and expanded agrarianism in our efforts to support modern industrialized culture while also preserving the natural world.