By Richard Yates
Robert Prentice is eighteen. His mom, Alice Prentice,is fifty three. either are broken souls: Robert, by way of conflict; Alice, via thwarted goals of prosperity.
In deeply humanizing pictures, the nice American author Richard Yates crafts a singular of postwar the US, right away at odds with its personal feel of identification and mercilessly prohibitive to its like-minded electorate.
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For the first time in history, The Grapes of Wrath brings together and makes real three great skeins of American thought. It begins with the transcendental oversoul, Emerson’s faith in the common man, and his Protestant self-reliance. To this it joins Whitman’s religion of the love of all men and his mass democracy. And it combines these mystical and poetic ideas with the realistic philosophy of pragmatism and its emphasis on effective action. From this it develops a new kind of Christianity—not otherworldly and passive, but earthly and active.
It is greeted enthusiastically by critics as one of the most important books of our time. The American people like the book so much that it becomes one of the fastest-selling titles in American publishing history. That book, of course, is The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, and we are glad to note that, according to our monthly tabulation of “current library favorites,” it is the most popular title in our public libraries today. But there are some libraries where the book is not available despite the public demand for it.
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