Authors > John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath

The story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads--driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

Year: 1939
Genre: 1930s

The Pearl

When the news of Kino's great find -- the "Pearl of the World" -- spreads through the small town, no one suspects its power to deceive, to corrupt, to destroy. Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the Gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence.

Year: 1947
Genre: LiteratureMexico

East of Eden

The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years -- a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis. Set in rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

Year: 1952
Genre: Family Saga



Year TitleGenres & Tags

1935Tortilla Flat1920sLiterature
1945Cannery RowLiterature
1945The Red PonyLiterature
1947The PearlLiteratureMexico
1952East of EdenFamily Saga


SERIES: Dustbowl Trilogy

Year# TitleGenres & Tags

19361In Dubious Battle1930s
19372Of Mice and Men1930s
19393The Grapes of Wrath1930s, Great Depression