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Party! Susan Shillinglaw on Reading The Grapes of Wrath

Great books about great books are cause for celebration anytime. Thanks to the pressure of a 75th anniversary deadline—and the prodding of the people at Penguin Books—John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath now has a perfect companion in On Reading "The Grapes of Wrath"  by Susan Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University. Recently published by Penguin Books as … [Read More...]

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Was John Steinbeck the First Social Ecologist?

In The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck explores social ecology—how individuals interact with each other within their natural, adopted, and built environments—in the … [Read More...]

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At San Jose State University, April’s John Steinbeck Month

This is the year of The Grapes of Wrath—its 75th anniversary—and the cause for self-reflection for readers of John Steinbeck, including me. My version is both … [Read More...]

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Grapes of Wrath Views from the University of Oklahoma: Two Photographers, Two Novels, and Two Migrations

The day after John Steinbeck’s recent birthday, I spoke to an audience at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where I teach, about three forgotten stories behind the writing, impact, and unintended consequences of The Grapes of Wrath. The occasion was an … [Read More...]


Roger Williams University Honors The Grapes of Wrath in Liberty’s Rhode Island

America’s 2014 celebration of The Grapes of Wrath, written in California and published in 1939, became bicoastal on February 1, when Roger Williams University kicked off a two-month exhibition devoted to the novel’s historical context and contemporary … [Read More...]


Hear The Grapes of Wrath—Steinbeck Suite for Organ

Santa Clara University recently hosted a celebration in sound for the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath at California’s Mission Santa Clara—the world premiere of Steinbeck Suite for Organ by Franklin D. Ashdown (at left in photo), a prolific composer of … [Read More...]


San Jose State University Has The Grapes of Wrath Covered for 75th Anniversary

Since 1938, The Grapes of Wrath has been translated into more than 25 languages. In February, San Jose State University kicked off the novel’s 75th anniversary with an exhibit of 15 colorful covers selected from foreign editions of The Grapes of Wrath housed … [Read More...]