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Sirinya Pakditawan: Biblical Symbolism in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" GRIN Verlag GmbH,Nov 2014 ISBN: 9783656841203
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.

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Hayashi, T. A New Steinbeck Bibliography 1929-1971. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, first edition, 1973.
Covers works by and about John Steinbeck, aiming to include all known primary and secondary material written in English since 1929 when Steinbeck published his first novel. With a general index by author, subject and title. Based on the author's John Steinbeck: a concise bibliography, 1930-65.

Cloth, 8vo, xix, 225 pp. Gluemarks from removed label on front board, library label on front pastedown endpaper, otherwise Very Good.

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Steinbeck, John / Gannett, Ruth [Illustrations]: Tortilla Flat [SIGNED BY JOHN STEINBECK] New York Grosset & Dunlap 1935
The book is in : English English & American Literature Literature Signed Books

SIGNED BY JOHN STEINBECK with short dedication. This book is the first edition of the early Steinbeck novel 'Tortilla Flat'. It carries the original inscription and autograph of John Steinbeck on the endpaper. This edition features several b&w illustrations by Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn. 195x165mm. 316 pages. Orange cloth hardcover with blue lettering on spine. Cover slightly worn. Two small and faint stains on front cover. Cover corners slightly bumped. Small bump mark on spine. Spine edges tattered. Pages yellowing. Page edges rough-cut as published. [SUMMARY]: This precious beautifully illustrated first edition of Steinbeck's novel signed and dedicated by the author is in good condition.


Steinbeck, J. The Short Reign of Pippin IV : A Fabrication. William Heinemann, London, first British edition, 1957.
"John Steinbeck's new book is a delightful extravaganza about French politics - and various other matters. The monarchy is restored to France and a retiring middle-aged amateur astronomer is persuaded reluctantly to accept the throne. Nobody had foreseen all the complications which would follow: two hundred penniless aristocrats immediately moved into Versailles with the king and queen; the Folies Bergere held a competition to choose the King's Mistress. Steinbeck points his good-natured satire not only at France but at America as well when Tod Johnson, son of the Egg King of Petaluma, Cal., and suitor of the new king's sensational daughter Clotilde, tries to explain to Pippin IV that monarchy can be sold like any other commodity, with a corporation and stockholders behind the scenes. There is wisdom as well as wit in this sparkling comedy. Steinbeck's admirers will enjoy him in his new satirical vein."- from the blurb.

Cloth, small 8vo, 164 pp. Good in used dustwrapper, rear panel with some small marks. 043474008X

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