|Title:||The Grapes of Wrath|
|Tags:||family life, fiction, Pulitzer Prize, Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, film/TV adaptation|
The book won the U.S. National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It was quickly made into a famed, 1940 Hollywood movie of the same name directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they seek jobs, land, dignity, and a future.—Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Steinbeck, John
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was one of the great American writers. He was known for writing books filled with social criticism such as Tortilla Flats and The Grapes of Wrath. He won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his "realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." (nobelprize.org)
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