This Day In History: May 6, 1940, The Grapes of Wrath Wins a Pulitzer Prize


May 6, 1940: The Grapes of Wrath Wins a Pulitzer Prize

The Grapes of Wrath is available at

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.

Learn more about John Steinbeck’s works with American Masters’ The American Novel timeline.

Image: 1939 book cover of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Viking).

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