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

ISBN: 9781586487676 | 1586487671
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Pub. Date: 9/1/2009

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Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbeck'sThe 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, Californiathe Joads' newfound homethe book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves.Obscene in the Extremetells 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."


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