The New Criterion is probably more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English.
Steinbeck's myth of the Okies
was right!Support The
John Steinbeck performed a rare feat for a writer of fiction. He created a literary portrait that defined an era. His account of the Okie Exodus in The Grapes of Wrath became the principal story through which America defined the experience of the Great Depression. Even today, one of the enduring images for anyone with even a passing familiarity with the 1930s is that of Steinbecks fictional characters the Joads, an American farming family uprooted from its home by the twin disasters of dust storms and financial crisis to become refugees in a hostile world. Not since Dickenss portrayal of the slums of Victorian England has a novelist produced such an enduring definition of his age.
According to Penguin Books, which produced a very handsome series of paperbacks to mark the centenary of his birth this February, Steinbecks novels still generate a combined sale of around two million b ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 20 June 2002, on page 24
Copyright © 2013 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/steinbeck-windschuttle-1941
E-mail to friend
On government regulation, media bias, and the challenges of the digital age.
On what the world would lose with the decline and fall of the United States.
On the successes of the "common law."
The great famine before China's Cultural Revolution killed millions. Yang Jisheng took it upon himself to make sure the world knew about it.
by Charles Hill
He was an eighteenth-century Irish statesman, but Edmund Burke still has plenty to say today.
Reinhold Niebuhr was a public intellectual and a theologian who still has a deep influence on both the right and the left.
Poet George Green reads from his award-winning Lord Byron's Foot
Celebration of the Life of Robert H. Bork, 1927–2012
James Panero on price gouging at the Met, with Fred Dicker