Dustbowl Trilogy

 

In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

At once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity, set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing "Of Mice and Men", creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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.

 

Selected Titles:

SeriesYearTitleTags

11936 In Dubious Battle
21937 Of Mice and Men
31939 The Grapes of Wrath Great Depression