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Vintage Friday: The Grapes of Wrath

Posted by Rosepixie on January 8, 2010

This is the original cover illustration from The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

I love this illustration.  Not only is it simply a beautiful piece of art, it does a great job of selling this story.  The Grapes of Wrath is a long, depressing and brilliantly written story.  This cover shows a landscape that is pretty barren and a journey that is incredibly long, although not alone.  The family is dressed poorly (they don’t even have shoes).  You can tell from looking at this that you aren’t in for balls and banquets.  But it’s beautiful and there is a nobility to the family as they look out over the long row of trucks and cars piled with people’s lives.  And all of those things are exactly what you’ll find in the book.

The cover represents the book well and it a good light.  I wish they still made covers like this, but they are a rare thing these days.

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