On April 14, 1939, John Steinbeck published The Grapes of Wrath
. It was the best-selling book of that year, won Steinbeck the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and would become an American literary classic. Steinbeck himself would go on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 and is considered one of the most important and influential writers in American history.
The Grapes of Wrath
is arguably Steinbeck's most well-known work. It tells the story of one family's journey during the Great Depression. The Joads are forced to leave their Oklahoma farm and set out for California on what becomes a long and difficult journey, in which they confront injustice, exploitation, and the desperation of the times.