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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


Understanding the Grapes of Wrath: a Research Guide for Students
A web site full of numerous links to other web sites, this is an excellent first place to explore Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath information. Links include author information, web sites about the movie, reviews of The Grapes of Wrath, and information about the Dust Bowl.

National Steinbeck Society
Located in John Steinbeck’s hometown of Salinas, California, the National Steinbeck Society provides information about John Steinbeck, his literature, and the history and agriculture of the surrounding area. This site is useful for general background information about Steinbeck and his books.

John Steinbeck Biography
Many believed Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 because of his writing in The Grapes of Wrath. The Nobel Prize web site gives a biography of Steinbeck, as well the presentation speech given to Steinbeck before he accepted his award. The text of his banquet speech is provided, as well as 3 minute recording of Steinbeck’s speech.

Study Guide for The Grapes of Wrath
Full of useful information for book discussion groups, this detailed web site gives an overview of the novel, a detailed list of all the characters, historical background, and an explanation of themes.

The Grapes of Wrath Study Guide and Essays
While more appropriate for students writing reports on the novel, this web site gives brief summaries and analysis of each chapter of The Grapes of Wrath. Perfect for those who need a refresher before a book discussion group.