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STEINBECK. THE GRAPES OF WRATH, 1939, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO DARRYL ZANUCK (1 VOL.)

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20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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Description

  • Steinbeck, John
  • The Grapes of Wrath. New York: the Viking Press, 1939
  • paper
8vo (203 x 137mm.), FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ("For Darryl Zannuck with thanks for a fine picture John Steinbeck 1939 Los Gatos") on the front endpaper, original decorated grey linen cloth, dust-jacket, collector's blue cloth chemise and quarter blue morocco slipcase, slight discoloration to cloth and front endpapers near gutter margin, slight browning and discoloration to jacket with a few small closed tears and repairs

Literature

Goldstone & Payne A12.a

Catalogue Note

A SUPERB ASSOCIATION OF STEINBECK'S MAJOR NOVEL, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE PRODUCER OF THE CINEMATIC ADAPTATION, PROBABLY THE FINEST FILM VERSION OF ANY OF STEINECK'S NOVELS.

The inscription refers, of course, to Zanuck's film version of this novel (directed by John Ford), which Steinbeck first saw at Twentieth-Century Fox on 15 December 1939. In a letter to his sister from the time he wrote approvingly  that "Zanuck has more than kept his word. He has a hard, straight picture in which the actors are submerged so completely that it looks and feels like a documentary film and certainly has a hard, thruthful ring. No punches were pulled ? in fact, with descriptive matter removed, it is a harsher thing than the book, by far." The Grapes of Wrath was one of the first 25 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1989, for its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.

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