New York: The Viking Press, 1939. First edition with "First Published in April 1939" on copyright page and first edition notice on front flap of dust jacket. Octavo, original beige cloth. Signed by John Steinbeck in a contemporary hand on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to the foot of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. "The Grapes of Wrath is the kind of art thats poured out of a crucible in which are mingled pity and indignation Its power and importance do not lie in its political insight but in its intense humanity [It] is the American novel of the season, probably the year, possibly the decade" (Clifton Fadiman). Basis the the 1940 film directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda. The film is widely considered as one of the greatest American films of all time. In 1989, this film was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Listed by Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century. (Inventory #: 3497)
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