Monday, September 22, 2008
During May of 1939, as the Nazis were burning books throughout Germany, the people of Bakersfield Calif., did exactly the same thing with John Steinbeck's new bestseller, The Grapes of Wrath. The ban was orchestrated by rich local growers: men who were busy exploiting scores of Joad families, the very men Steinbeck exposed in his novel. As a pretext, the growers cited, among other things, Steinbeck's use of foul language (bastard, bitch) and vivid scenes such as Rose of Sharon, having lost her baby, offering her milk-filled breast to a starving man. While all this was happening, Steinbeck was suffering the strains of his collapsing first marriage. (excerpts from PW)
I think this cover is very well executed and eye-catching. It was a nice idea to turn the page slightly. And I wonder how the hole was made - did Pete and Chris burn a hole into some paper in their office?
Posted by Tal at 1:07 AM