The Grapes of Wrath was written by John Steinbeck in 1939 and is an American realist novel. Steinbeck won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for this classic American novel. It significantly influenced the decision to award Steinbeck the Nobel Prize in 1962.
The Grapes of Wrath is set during the Great Depression. The novel centers on the destitute family of the Joads, who were tenant farmers. They were run off from their Oklahoma home by poverty, famine, and changes in the agricultural industry. The Joads set out for California because of their desperate situation and because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl. They sought land, their dignity, jobs, and a future, along with thousands of other "Okies".