This Day In History: May 6, 1940, The Grapes of Wrath Wins a Pulitzer PrizePosted: May 6, 2014
May 6, 1940: The Grapes of Wrath Wins a Pulitzer Prize
On this day in 1940, John Steinbeck was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath. The novel tells the story of the Joads, a poor Oklahoma farming family, who migrate to California in search of a better life during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Steinbeck effectively demonstrated how the struggles of one family mirrored the hardship of the entire nation.
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Image: 1939 book cover of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Viking).
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