In 1962, John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his
"for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception".
A socialist himself, Steinbeck recorded not only the history of those many who were dispossessed in America, but he offered what he felt was a solution to their problems. John Steinbeck was a recorder of his times and propounded this history with realism and a certain transcendentalism that has and still rests deeply in the hearts of many Americans. His work, The Grapes of Wrath is monumental; it is historical, philosophical, and sociological. In short, it is an American classic!