The Grapes of Wrath

novel by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath is a novel written by John Steinbeck. It was published in 1939. The book won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature. It is often read in American high school and college classes. The title of the novel is from Book of Revelation 14:19.

The Grapes of Wrath
(1939 1st ed cover)
AuthorJohn Steinbeck
Cover artistElmer Hader
CountryUnited States
PublisherThe Viking Press-James Lloyd
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)

The book is about the Joads, a family of farmers. It takes place during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Because of drought and changes in the agriculture industry, the Joads are forced to move from their old home to California's Central Valley to find work and land.

The book talks about the problems they face on the way, as they drive through the Dust Bowl to get to California. It also talks about the poverty, discrimination, exploitation and other problems they face once they get to California.