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Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
by: Rick Wartzman
1586487671 / 9781586487676

Book Description:
Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, when it was published in April 1939. By May, it was the nation’s No. 1 bestseller, flying off store shelves at a rate of 10,000 copies a week. But in Kern County, California—the Joads’ newfound home—the book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves. Obscene in the Extreme tells the remarkable story behind that fit of censorship, a moment when several lives collided as part of a larger class struggle roiling the nation. It is a superb historical narrative that serves as an engaging window into an extraordinary time of upheaval in America, when as Steinbeck put it, “A revolution is going on.”

Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

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