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Critical Insights: The Grapes of Wrath

A great starting point for students or casual readers looking for a introduction to the themes and discussions on John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Easily the most famous of John Steinbeck's novels The Grapes of Wrath has stirred considerable controversy ever since it was first published in 1939. On one hand, some readers and critics have berated it as, at best, mere "proletarian fiction" and, at worst, leftist propaganda; on the other hand are those who have celebrated the novel as a major artistic achievement that interweaves sharp social criticism with a mystical vision of humankind and the natural world. The novel has been both banned and commended, both dismissed by critics and called "the story of the human race.

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