Set against the background of dust bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel West in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.
The New York Times (Archive) – “John Steinbeck’s New Novel Brims with Anger and Pity” by Peter Monro Jack
Goodreads – Find out what other readers have to say about The Grapes of Wrath on Goodreads.
On the Web:
National Steinbeck Center – www.steinbeck.org
NPR – “Present at the Creation: Grapes of Wrath“
The Big Read – More than just a reader’s guide, the site includes photos and a Radio Show
The Learning Network from The NYT – Includes archival articles about the Dust Bowl
Wikipedia – The Grapes of Wrath, Dust Bowl, Great Depression.
If you liked The Grapes of Wrath, you might enjoy:
Of Mice and Men or East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen