How John Steinbeck Wrote The Grapes of Wrath

Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does.

The Grapes of Wrath was published on April 14, 1939. Here is how John Steinbeck used his diary as a tool of discipline and a hedge against self-doubt through the writing process of his Pulitzer-winning classic. Reading his entries, it doesn’t take much to wonder whether he would have written the novel at all without the psychological and creative aid of the diary.

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