The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck & Robert DeMott

The Grapes of Wrath

By John Steinbeck & Robert DeMott

  • Release Date: 1939-01-01
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 557 Ratings)


The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

This Centennial edition, specially designed to commemorate one hundred years of Steinbeck, features french flaps and deckle-edged pages.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


  • Absolutely Not

    By DrummerOfTheBlackParade
    I couldn't dumb myself down enough to read and follow whatever backwoods, swamptown language in which this was written.
  • Fire

    By Durhamrunner
    This book =fire
  • Did not like this book

    By Sean rates and reviews!12
    Very boring and bad plot whatever the plot actually was😂
  • A Sprawling American Epic

    By Dwardeng
    A family from Oklahoma travels west for a better life in California during the depression only to face great hardships and injustice. California's land barons are portrayed as they really were at the time. White slavery was very much alive. Steinbeck's greatest work.
  • Boring and horrible

    By rose💁
    Horrible book for high schoolers. It's too in depth and depressing. Hard to catch interest to and takes forever to read. Do not recommend reading for fun.
  • An utter masterpiece

    By OG Snowflake
    The most beautifully written book I have ever read. Moving beyond tears. When I came to the end, I was seized by goose-bumps so intense my nipples hurt. Don't wait another SECOND of your life; read it.
  • Great Book

    By BrookeShambles
    I first read this book when my 11th grade English teacher gave it as a reading assignment. I was dreading it, and as soon as I started it, I couldn't put it down. I'm 41 now and am looking forward to reading it again. One of my all time favorites.
  • Why

    By aaronbz01
    Are 12 year olds reading this book? This isn't a kiddie book. Stupid teachers. Of coarse it's going to be boring to kids. This book wasn't written for kids. This is a true adult classic. If your a kid don't read it. If your an adult maybe young adult you will find this a great read.
  • An American Work of Greatness

    By 1295mID
    John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" demonstrates the multiple effects of true hardship and narrow hope. Unquestionably a revelation in American literature at the time (and even today), Steinbeck's writing engulfs you into the novel to discover the capabilities of man and woman during one of the toughest periods in U.S. history.
  • A masterpiece.

    By The Dragon Bone
    This book is a masterpiece. A literary work that gives a human face to the suffering, injustice, and frustrations of those trying to survive in the dog eat dog world of the Great Depression.