The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. Throughout the time he was creating his greatest work, Steinbeck faithfully kept a journal revealing his arduous journey toward its completion."To read The Grapes of Wrath now along with the journal he kept with it is to be lifted into the presence of something inexplicable and magic."
The journal, like the novel it chronicles, tells a tale of dramatic proportionsof dogged determination and inspiration, yet also of paranoia, self-doubt, and obstacles. It records in intimate detail the conception and genesis of The Grapes of Wrath and its huge though controversial success. It is a unique and penetrating portrait of an emblematic American writer creating an essential American masterpiece.
Christopher Lehman-Haupt, The New York Times
"Working Days is important to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Steinbeck and his work."
"An opportunity to know directly and poignantly, and sometimes painfully, the struggles of will buried behind the seemingly pre-determined procession of words that make great literary art"
"Working Days will provide a field day for Steinbeck aficionados, but for its insights into the creative mind it is also a valuable book for writers, aspiring or arrived."