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

By: Wartzman, Rick

1586487671 / 9781586487676
Paperback / softback
01/09/2009
Stock expected by 16/04/2021
United States
157 x 234 mm, 486 grams 320 pages, b/w photos throughout
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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."

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JFMD Ethical issues: censorship

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