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What the Wrath..?

September 9, 2013

Wrath – definition: strong, stern, or fierce anger

A word that epitomizes  the struggle or fight against injustice in numerous movies and novels. The modern fantasy genre uses it in generous helpings. The Wrath of Khan and Wrath of the Titans come to mind almost immediately after the great novel, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Although written in 1939 it is still read in educational institutions due to its historical context and enduring legacy.


The story is set in the Great Depression (is that an oxymoron?) and follows the Joads family, who leave their farm in Oklahoma for California. Driven from the Dust Bowl by drought, economic hardship and changes in the agriculture industry.

Steinbeck was honored with the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for novels and Grapes was prominently cited when he won the Nobel Prize. He was a prolific writer and his bibliography includes 29 novels, some of which were published after his death in 1968.

As authors we endeavor to create such long lasting stories.

Who is your literary hero? Have you read The Grapes of Wrath?



  1. I hated The Grapes of Wrath more than you can know – so much so that I haven’t read another Steinbeck novel since, even though I liked Of Mice & Men *before* The Grapes of Wrath travesty 🙂

    Granted, I *had* to read it for school, but I tried to always keep an open mind on required reading…you never knew when you might like something. Hated hated hated HATED Grapes of Wrath. Long, boring, depressing, and couldn’t figure out the point. I might feel differently if I were to read it again today but that would be a few weeks of my life I’d never get back.

    Just to put things in perspective, I hated “Anna Karenina” so much that I sought out Tolstoy so I could shoot him before he wrote any more long, boring novels. Turned out he was already dead, but I shot him anyway, and now he’s really really REALLY dead. 🙂


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