First Edition of the Depression-Era ClassicJohn Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: The Viking Press, .
First edition, with "First published in April 1939" on the copyright page, with no statement of subsequent printings. Octavo. 619 pages.
Publisher's beige pictorial cloth with illustration and titles stamped in dark red. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" endpapers. Cloth of spine slightly darkened; endpapers toned. Dust jacket has $2.75 price at top corner of front flap; bottom of flap has "First Edition" printed in the corner, but tip of corner has been clipped, likely indicating a later issue of the first edition jacket (no reviews present). Jacket is lightly chipped; spine darkened. Long tear to front panel and to front joint of jacket, both of which are neatly repaired on verso with archival tape; a shorter tear to rear joint has not been mended. Bookplate to reverse of front free endpaper. A near fine copy of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
"It is a very long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum. It is a long and thoughtful novel as one thinks about it. It is a short and vivid scene as one feels it" (Peter Monro Jack, The New York Times Book Review, April 16, 1939).
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