"How can we live without our lives? How will we know it's us without our past?": First Edition of the John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Grapes of Wrath; Signed by Him

  • The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath.

Item Number: 4453

New York: The Viking Press, 1939.

First edition with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on front flap of dust jacket. Octavo, original beige cloth. Boldly signed by John Steinbeck on the front free endpaper. Light shelfwear, near fine in a bright dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine extremities. From the library of John Steinbeck. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example with noted provenance.

"The Grapes of Wrath is the kind of art that’s poured out of a crucible in which are mingled pity and indignation Its power and importance do not lie in its political insight but in its intense humanity [It] is the American novel of the season, probably the year, possibly the decade" (Clifton Fadiman). Basis the the 1940 film directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda. The film is widely considered as one of the greatest American films of all time. In 1989, this film was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Listed by Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.