Cover art for the first edition of The Grapes of Wrath

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In 1939 the Kern County Board of Supervisors banned John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath from the county library because they did not like the way the Nobel Prize-winning author depicted poverty and the plight of farm workers in the region. The ban was lifted in 1941.

Illustration by Elmer Hader for the Viking Press 1939 edition.

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