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    John Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking Press, [1939]. First edition. Octavo. 619 pages. Publisher's pictorial beige linen, stamped in dark brown; original illustrated dust jacket by Elmer Hader. Minor soiling along joints. Yellow endpapers illustrated with page of sheet music depicting the Battle Hymn of the Republic; penciled bookseller's notation to the front free endpaper recto. Internally clean and tight; top edge stained yellow; minor textblock edgewear. Dust jacket with publisher's decorative clip and priced $2.75, "First edition" printed to lower corner of front flap; top edge just trimmed but not affecting text, very minor edgewear. Housed in custom brown cloth clamshell case, with a raised silhouette of the cover illustration on one board, blue leather spine label stamped in gilt. Fine book with near fine dust jacket

    A stunning copy of this classic of American twentieth-century literature, featuring particularly bright colors on this notoriously fragile dust jacket. The book has been a cornerstone of literature discussion and censorship, be it critical, academic, or otherwise, since its publication and is still known as the Great American Novel; it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1940.

    Riding the wave of this success, 20th Century Fox released the first film adaptation in 1940, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. The film was more than a critical and box office success, it was a beacon to the industry, named by multiple critics as one of the best films ever made and selected as one of the first twenty-five films identified for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It garnered seven Academy Award nominations, of which it surprisingly only won two, though it swept the table in other award shows.

    Goldstone and Payne A12a.

    Note: The top edge of the dust jacket for this copy has been slightly trimmed, with price intact and not affecting the text.

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