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The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award<ref name=nyt1940/> and Pulitzer Prize<ref name=pulitzer/> for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.<ref name=nobel/>

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.

The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.

The Grapes of Wrath sections
Intro   Plot    Characters    Development    Author's note    Critical reception   Adaptations  See also   References    External links