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John Steinbeck
A Great Moment in Film: The Original Contract for the Film Rights to “The Grapes of Wrath”, One of the Greatest Films Ever Made, Signed by the Book’s Author, John Steinbeck This film was one of the Library of Congress’s Top 25 American Films when the U.S. National Film Registry was established
24/04/1939. “The undersigned, Viking Press, Inc. and John Steinbeck hereby sells, grants, conveys and assigns to the Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation…talking motion picture rights…that he may have in and to the original composition entitled “The Grapes of Wrath”…” A unique and compelling piece of American cinematic history“The Grapes of Wrath” won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for fiction in 1940 and helped John Steinbeck earn the Nobel Prize awarded him in 1962 (which turned on the “keen social perception” in this book). At the time of the Dust Bowl, when hundreds of thousands of Americans migrated to the West Coast (mainly California) in search of a better life, Steinbeck was writing a series of seven articles about migrant worker communities for the San Francisco Chronicle. He spent a lot of time getting to know families who lived in various migrant worker camps in towns like Bakersfield and Visalia, and was angered and disgusted by the amount of heartbreak and suffering that he witnessed. He channeled those emotions as he wrote his classic - “The Grapes of Wrath”.Published in 1939 by Viking Press, “The Grapes of Wrath” vividly portrays life during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in America as it follows a family of Oklahoma tenant farmers driven from their home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. The family traveled westward to California seeking jobs, land, dignity, and a future. It explores the strength and goodness of the human … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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