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Lange, Dorothea Illustrations and Photographs. Pressure endentions to cover surface-minimal. Slight dog-ear corner lower rt-minimal. Cover is clean and bright-artwork intact. Marked "NOT FOR SALE" first cover page. Pages are crisp, clean and tight. Satisfaction... Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 80 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, a major event in California history, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. ---from the back of the book
Harvest Gypsies is a "must read" for anyone who likes Steinbeck or is interested in California history. It is short, readable and full of information about daily life for Dust Bowl families. Yes, you even see Steinbeck's bias towards certain policies/programs. You also see the kernel that sprung into Grapes of Wrath. This book is a real treat.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-10-14 In 1936, a San Francisco newspaper commissioned Steinbeck to write a week-long series of articles about California's underclass of white migrant farm workers, who became the models and the inspiration for The Grapes of Wrath. Reprinted here, Steinbeck's observations of migrant families and of their exploitation by wealthy agriculturists have not lost their potency. And as Wollenberg, a history professor at Vista College, Berkeley, Calif., points out, the plight of the newly destitute and newly homeless has particular relevance today. Steinbeck's journalism shares the enduring quality of his famous novel (but critics of Steinbeck will beware; his heavy-handed style is only slightly less obtrusive here). Especially interesting are the final articles, which analyze the history of California's migrant populations and propose federal programs to alleviate their distress. Steinbeck's outrage leads to an emotional indictment of then-current farm management as ``a system of terrorism that would be unusual in the Fascist nations of the world.'' Certain to engage students of both American literature and labor history. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
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