The Harvest Gypsies

The Harvest Gypsies
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Heyday.ORIM
Total Pages: 82
Release: 2017-05-01
ISBN 10: 1597143421
ISBN 13: 9781597143424
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Harvest Gypsies Book Review:

A collection of newspaper articles about Dust Bowl migrants in California’s Central Valley by the author of The Grapes of Wrath, accompanied by photos. Three years before his triumphant novel The Grapes of Wrath—a fictional portrayal of a Depression-era family fleeing Oklahoma during a disastrous period of drought and dust storms—John Steinbeck wrote seven articles for the San Francisco News about these history-making events and the hundreds of thousands who made their way west to work as farm laborers. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters’ camps and Hoovervilles of rural California. The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck’s masterpiece. Included are twenty-two photographs by Dorothea Lange and others, many of which accompanied Steinbeck’s original articles. '”Steinbeck’s potent blend of empathy and moral outrage was perfectly matched by the photographs of Dorothea Lange, who had caught the whole saga with her camera—the tents, the jalopies, the bindlestiffs, the pathos and courage of uprooted mothers and children.”—San Francisco Review of Books “Steinbeck’s journalism shares the enduring quality of his famous novel…Certain to engage students of both American literature and labor history.”—Publishers Weekly

Endangered Dreams

Endangered Dreams
Author: Kevin Starr
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 1996-01-11
ISBN 10: 0199923566
ISBN 13: 9780199923564
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Endangered Dreams Book Review:

California, Wallace Stegner observed, is like the rest of the United States, only more so. Indeed, the Golden State has always seemed to be a place where the hopes and fears of the American dream have been played out in a bigger and bolder way. And no one has done more to capture this epic story than Kevin Starr, in his acclaimed series of gripping social and cultural histories. Now Starr carries his account into the 1930s, when the political extremes that threatened so much of the Depression-ravaged world--fascism and communism--loomed large across the California landscape. In Endangered Dreams, Starr paints a portrait that is both detailed and panoramic, offering a vivid look at the personalities and events that shaped a decade of explosive tension. He begins with the rise of radicalism on the Pacific Coast, which erupted when the Great Depression swept over California in the 1930s. Starr captures the triumphs and tumult of the great agricultural strikes in the Imperial Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, Stockton, and Salinas, identifying the crucial role played by Communist organizers; he also shows how, after some successes, the Communists disbanded their unions on direct orders of the Comintern in 1935. The highpoint of social conflict, however, was 1934, the year of the coastwide maritime strike, and here Starr's narrative talents are at their best, as he brings to life the astonishing general strike that took control of San Francisco, where workers led by charismatic longshoreman Harry Bridges mounted the barricades to stand off National Guardsmen. That same year socialist Upton Sinclair won the Democratic nomination for governor, and he launched his dramatic End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign. In the end, however, these challenges galvanized the Right in a corporate, legal, and vigilante counterattack that crushed both organized labor and Sinclair. And yet, the Depression also brought out the finest in Californians: state Democrats fought for a local New Deal; California natives helped care for more than a million impoverished migrants through public and private programs; artists movingly documented the impact of the Depression; and an unprecedented program of public works (capped by the Golden Gate Bridge) made the California we know today possible. In capturing the powerful forces that swept the state during the 1930s--radicalism, repression, construction, and artistic expression--Starr weaves an insightful analysis into his narrative fabric. Out of a shattered decade of economic and social dislocation, he constructs a coherent whole and a mirror for understanding our own time.

Working Days

Working Days
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1990-12-01
ISBN 10: 9780140144574
ISBN 13: 0140144579
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Working Days Book Review:

John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. Throughout the time he was creating his greatest work, Steinbeck faithfully kept a journal revealing his arduous journey toward its completion. The journal, like the novel it chronicles, tells a tale of dramatic proportions—of dogged determination and inspiration, yet also of paranoia, self-doubt, and obstacles. It records in intimate detail the conception and genesis of The Grapes of Wrath and its huge though controversial success. It is a unique and penetrating portrait of an emblematic American writer creating an essential American masterpiece.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Turtleback Books
Total Pages: 455
Release: 1939
ISBN 10: 9781417670352
ISBN 13: 1417670355
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Grapes of Wrath Book Review:

Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.

The Fight in the Fields

The Fight in the Fields
Author: Susan Ferriss,Ricardo Sandoval
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 333
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780156005982
ISBN 13: 0156005980
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fight in the Fields Book Review:

Examines the fight of the United Farm Workers Union

Complete Works of John Steinbeck illustrated

Complete Works of John Steinbeck  illustrated
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-07-23
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: PKEY:SMP2300000063417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Complete Works of John Steinbeck illustrated Book Review:

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. has been called "a giant of American letters”. During his writing career, he authored 33 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. His magnum opus ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1939), which epitomises the harrowing events of the Clutch Plague era, stirred widespread sympathy for the plight of migrant workers. Many of Steinbeck's works are set in the Salinas Valley of his childhood and they frequently explore themes of fate and the injustices suffered by their everyman protagonists. Fashioned with rich symbolic structures, they convey archetypal qualities in enduring characters, winning for Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature. The major works of Steinbeck are In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Travels with Charley.

Picturing Migrants

Picturing Migrants
Author: James R. Swensen
Publsiher: University of Oklahoma Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-10
ISBN 10: 0806153164
ISBN 13: 9780806153162
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Picturing Migrants Book Review:

As time passes, personal memories of the Great Depression die with those who lived through the desperate 1930s. In the absence of firsthand knowledge, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and the photographs produced for the New Deal’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) now provide most of the images that come to mind when we think of the 1930s. That novel and those photographs, as this book shows, share a history. Fully exploring this complex connection for the first time, Picturing Migrants offers new insight into Steinbeck’s novel and the FSA’s photography—and into the circumstances that have made them enduring icons of the Depression. Looking at the work of Dorothea Lange, Horace Bristol, Arthur Rothstein, and Russell Lee, it is easy to imagine that these images came straight out of the pages of The Grapes of Wrath. This should be no surprise, James R. Swensen tells us, because Steinbeck explicitly turned to photographs of the period to create his visceral narrative of hope and loss among Okie migrants in search of a better life in California. When the novel became an instant best seller upon its release in April 1939, some dismissed its imagery as pure fantasy. Lee knew better and traveled to Oklahoma for proof. The documentary pictures he produced are nothing short of a photographic illustration of the hard lives and desperate reality that Steinbeck so vividly portrayed. In Picturing Migrants, Swensen sets these lesser-known images alongside the more familiar work of Lange and others, giving us a clearer understanding of the FSA’s work to publicize the plight of the migrant in the wake of the novel and John Ford’s award-winning film adaptation. A new perspective on an era whose hardships and lessons resonate to this day, Picturing Migrants lets us see as never before how a novel and a series of documentary photographs have kept the Great Depression unforgettably real for generation after generation.

Steinbeck in Vietnam

Steinbeck in Vietnam
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-03-29
ISBN 10: 081393270X
ISBN 13: 9780813932705
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Steinbeck in Vietnam Book Review:

Although his career continued for almost three decades after the 1939 publication of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck is still most closely associated with his Depression-era works of social struggle. But from Pearl Harbor on, he often wrote passionate accounts of America’s wars based on his own firsthand experience. Vietnam was no exception. Thomas E. Barden’s Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday. Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old Steinbeck toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to Newsday publisher Harry F. Guggenheim’s deceased wife. His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course. As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse. Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career. Drawing on four primary-source archives—the Steinbeck collection at Princeton, the Papers of Harry F. Guggenheim at the Library of Congress, the Pierpont Morgan Library’s Steinbeck holdings, and the archives of Newsday—Barden’s collection brings together the last published writings of this American author of enduring national and international stature. In addition to offering a definitive edition of these essays, Barden includes extensive notes as well as an introduction that provides background on the essays themselves, the military situation, the social context of the 1960s, and Steinbeck’s personal and political attitudes at the time.

Dust to Eat

Dust to Eat
Author: Michael L. Cooper
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 81
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780618154494
ISBN 13: 0618154493
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dust to Eat Book Review:

Provides a look at two major events in American history--the Great Depression of 1929 and the Dust Bowl and its associated migration in the late 1930s--and the effects they had on the country throughout time with regard to social programs and domestic policies.

An Incomplete Revenge

An Incomplete Revenge
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-04-01
ISBN 10: 1429924640
ISBN 13: 9781429924641
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Incomplete Revenge Book Review:

In her fifth outing, Maisie Dobbs, the extraordinary Psychologist and Investigator, delves into a strange series of crimes in a small rural community With the country in the grip of economic malaise, and worried about her business, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment from an old friend to investigate certain matters concerning a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. Mysterious fires erupt in the village with alarming regularity, and a series of petty crimes suggests a darker criminal element at work. As Maisie discovers, the villagers are bitterly prejudiced against outsiders who flock to Kent at harvest time—even more troubling, they seem possessed by the legacy of a wartime Zeppelin raid. Maisie grows increasingly suspicious of a peculiar secrecy that shrouds the village, and ultimately she must draw on all her finely honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases. Rich with Jacqueline Winspear's trademark period detail, this installment of the bestselling series, An Incomplete Revenge, is gripping, atmospheric, and utterly enthralling.

A Survey on John Steinbeck s The Grapes of Wrath

A Survey on John Steinbeck s  The Grapes of Wrath
Author: Bernd Steiner
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2007-11
ISBN 10: 3638844595
ISBN 13: 9783638844598
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Survey on John Steinbeck s The Grapes of Wrath Book Review:

Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Catholic University Eichstatt-Ingolstadt, course: Novel and Film (HS), 11 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This paper deals with John Steinbeck's groundbreaking, Nobel Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Causing a public uproar at the time of its publication, it arguably marks the pinnacle of Steinbeck's work and is widely regarded as one of the great classics of American literature. At first, some background information concerning the making and reception of The Grapes of Wrath is presented. This is followed by a closer analysis of the novel with regard to such crucial aspects as setting, structure, characters, themes and symbolism. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of whether the novel lends itself to a film adaptation and how famous director John Ford handled the subject in his critically acclaimed film version from the year 1940.

Of Men and Their Making

Of Men and Their Making
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Allan Lane
Total Pages: 429
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UVA:X004628707
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Of Men and Their Making Book Review:

Steinbeck's writing was fuelled by a need to observe things firsthand, whether as a journalist or novelist. The huge success of The Grapes of Wrath enabled him to travel the world, ceaselessly writing about the great events of each decade. This collection brings together the greatest of those dispatches - from countries as diverse as Vietnam, Britain, Morocco and Italy. In addition, it reproduces 'America and the Americans', a gripping account of the US in the 1960s based on Steinbeck's observations on racism, moral decline & the environment. The extremely enjoyable book makes an important point about Steinbeck's oeuvre, showing just how important journalism was to his career as a writer.

What s Going On

What s Going On
Author: Marcia A. Eymann,Charles Wollenberg,Diane Curry
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2004-08-26
ISBN 10: 9780520242449
ISBN 13: 0520242440
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What s Going On Book Review:

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 186
Release: 1937
ISBN 10: 0359199143
ISBN 13: 9780359199143
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Of Mice and Men Book Review:

Tells a story about the strange relationship of two migrant workers who are able to realize their dreams of an easy life until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and strangles a farmer's wife.

American Exodus

American Exodus
Author: James Noble Gregory
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 338
Release: 1991
ISBN 10: 9780195071368
ISBN 13: 0195071360
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Exodus Book Review:

Fifty years ago, John Steinbeck's now classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, captured the epic story of an Oklahoma farm family driven west to California by dust storms, drought, and economic hardship. It was a story that generations of Americans have also come to know through Dorothea Lange's unforgettable photos of migrant families struggling to make a living in Depression-torn California. Now in James N. Gregory's pathbreaking American Exodus, there is at last an historical study that moves beyond the fiction and the photographs to uncover the full meaning of these events. American Exodus takes us back to the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the war boom influx of the 1940s to explore the experiences of the more than one million Oklahomans, Arkansans, Texans, and Missourians who sought opportunities in California. Gregory reaches into the migrants' lives to reveal not only their economic trials but also their impact on California's culture and society. He traces the development of an "Okie subculture" that over the years has grown into an essential element in California's cultural landscape. The consequences, however, reach far beyond California. The Dust Bowl migration was part of a larger heartland diaspora that has sent millions of Southerners and rural Midwesterners to the nation's northern and western industrial perimeter. American Exodus is the first book to examine the cultural implications of that massive 20th-century population shift. In this rich account of the experiences and impact of these migrant heartlanders, Gregory fills an important gap in recent American social history.

Factories in the Field

Factories in the Field
Author: Carey McWilliams
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 363
Release: 2000-04-15
ISBN 10: 0520925181
ISBN 13: 9780520925182
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Factories in the Field Book Review:

This book was the first broad exposé of the social and environmental damage inflicted by the growth of corporate agriculture in California. Factories in the Field—together with the work of Dorothea Lange, Paul Taylor, and John Steinbeck—dramatizes the misery of the dust bowl migrants hoping to find work in California agriculture. McWilliams starts with the scandals of the Spanish land grant purchases, and continues on to examine the experience of the various ethnic groups that have provided labor for California's agricultural industry—Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans, Filipinos, Armenians—the strikes, and the efforts to organize labor unions

Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies Romanies

Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies  Romanies
Author: Donald Kenrick
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2007-07-05
ISBN 10: 0810864401
ISBN 13: 9780810864405
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies Romanies Book Review:

Originating in India, the Gypsies arrived in Europe around the 14th century, spreading not only across the entirety of the continent but also immigrating to the Americas. The first Gypsy migration included farmworkers, blacksmiths, and mercenary soldiers, as well as musicians, fortune-tellers, and entertainers. At first, they were generally welcome as an interesting diversion to the dull routine of that period. Soon, however, they attracted the antagonism of the governing powers, as they have continually done throughout the following centuries. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies) seeks to end such prejudice by clarifying the facts about this nomadic people. Through a list of acronyms, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and aspects of culture, society, economy, and politics, the history of the Gypsies and their culture is told.

Manouche

Manouche
Author: Nigel Parsons
Publsiher: Choir Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-09-20
ISBN 10: 9781789630657
ISBN 13: 1789630657
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Manouche Book Review:

In the 1970s, Nigel Parsons found himself working on the French grape harvest alongside five Manouche families: a group the French advised him to stay away from. The Manouche were barred from the end-of-harvest feast and vanished overnight. Unable to forget their campfires, their music and their dancing, Nigel returned to France in search of the Manouche and fell into their world. He lived as they did, travelling from place to place, under constant pressure to settle or move on from an unsympathetic government. In his time with them he saw long, companionable evenings around the campfire, but he also saw the steady erosion of their way of life. Eventually, Nigel returned to England and lost touch with the Manouche. But his times with them had been some of the happiest of his life, and after almost thirty years he would set out once more in search of his old friends.

Their Blood is Strong

 Their Blood is Strong
Author: John Steinbeck
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 33
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: LCCN:a43001714
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Their Blood is Strong Book Review:

A Journey into Steinbeck s California

A Journey into Steinbeck s California
Author: Susan Shillinglaw
Publsiher: Roaring Forties Press
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2011-09-15
ISBN 10: 0984625461
ISBN 13: 9780984625468
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Journey into Steinbeck s California Book Review:

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck's creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guide—literary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck's work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early and mid 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, this edition includes a wonderful variety of photographs, sketches, and paintings, including some from private, rarely seen collections. With a new preface from the author, updated details on featured websites, a new discussion on Steinbeck’s ecological interests and activities, and an extended exploration of his many travels to Mexico, readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.