THE HARVEST GYPSIES
On the Road to The Grapes of Wrath
Reprinted here as a primary source with 24 black-and-white photographs (many by Dorothea Lange), his eyewitness accounts retain all their power to evoke the grit and desperation of life for migrant workers in the Hoovervilles and squatters’ camps of California. The introduction to the collection explains the connection between these news articles and Steinbeck’s personal and literary journey that culminated in the publication of The Grapes of Wrath in 1939.
“…Steinbeck’s potent blend of empathy and moral outrage was perfectly matched by the photographs of Dorothea Lange, who had caught the whole saga with her camera—the tents, the jalopies, the bindlestiffs, the pathos and courage of uprooted mothers and children.”
—San Francisco Review of Books
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