The Grapes of Wrath


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Title: The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck

Type of book: Novel

Genre: Historical fiction, realism, epic, social critique

Original language: English

Written in: Los Gatos, California, from May to October 1938 

First published: 1939

Narrator: An omniscient, unnamed narrator, socially conscious, compassionate, and enraged by the plight of the migrant workers

Point of view: Third-person omniscient 

Tense: Past, with occasional present tense passages

Set in: Depression-era, late 1930s Oklahoma, California, and the road between

Protagonist: Tom Joad

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