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Obscene in the Extreme

The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's the Grapes of Wrath

by Rick Wartzman

Hardcover, 308 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $26.95 |

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Obscene in the Extreme
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The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's the Grapes of Wrath
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Rick Wartzman

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Describes how, after its publication in 1939 and then becoming the nation's best-selling book, a great conflict arose in Kern County, California, as a giant cotton grower and a determined librarian went head-to-head over the issue of censorship with public burnings of this masterpiece at center stage.

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'Grapes Of Wrath' And The Politics of Book Burning

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