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ISBN: 0670808458
Author: Robert Demott,John Steinbeck
Language: English
Publisher: Viking Adult (April 14, 1989)
Pages: 224
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
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John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939

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. The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than 30 years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

Out of a series of articles that he wrote about the transient labor camps in California came the inspiration for his greatest book, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), the odyssey of the Joad family, dispossessed of their farm in the Dust Bowl and seeking a new home, only to be driven on from camp to camp.

Working Days is for Steinbeck readers or any student of creative processes and habits of successful people. John Steinbeck wrote the beefy The Grapes of Wrath like a freight train, averaging 2,000 words a day in longhand, from June through October, 1938. He did not do this in isolation. He got up an average of five days a week, had breakfast, wrote in his journal, then went to work until early evening, while hammers from neighborhood construction pounded relentlessly, amid human intrusions of all kinds, a souring stomach and self doubt

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John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst . The Grapes of Wrath has been less jud I found this a very interesting read

John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst . The Grapes of Wrath has been less jud I found this a very interesting read. The last section, NOTES AND ANNOTATIONS a Bibliographical Preface, includes interesting clarifications of many of the entries in the two parts that comprise John Steinbeck’s journal entries.

With an Introduction by Robert DeMott. On June 18, 1938, a little more than three weeks after starting The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck confided in his daily journal (posthumously published as Working Days): If I could do this book properly it would be one of the really fine books and a truly American book. But I am assailed with my own ignorance and inability. I'll just have to work from a background of these.

Many of the entries are rambling and banal, as many of anyone's days would be, but the earnest, die hard effort of writing and the importance of the task have great cumulative power: I grew again to love and admire the people who are so much stronger and purer and braver than I am, he wrote of the migrants.

Robert DeMott was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, in 1943, the only child of James and Colletta DeMott

John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of. .Interesting to see what Grapes of Wrath looked like from the inside out.

John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath during an astonishing burst of activity between June and October of 1938. If there can be a criticism of this volume, it's that Demott hovers too much; his is, for instance, one of the longest critical introductions I've come across.

'Working Days: The Journal of The Grapes of Wrath'' draws our attention to some of the reasons for Steinbeck's success

'Working Days: The Journal of The Grapes of Wrath'' draws our attention to some of the reasons for Steinbeck's success. One of them is his ability subtly to stylize his characters, or, as he puts it in one of his journal entries, to make them ''more than people,'' to capture in them ''an over-essence of people. As the models for the Joads have faded into the past, Steinbeck's overessential creations have come to stand for reality.

The author chronicles his thoughts and experiences during the writing of "The Grapes of Wrath," detailing the roles of many close to him in the creation of the work and his thoughts on the work's success

Comments:

Malahelm
This is fantastic -- it's a great resource for beginning writers who need to know how other successful authors actually felt as they were writing.

At the stage this journal was being written, Steinbeck had already put out well received work. He was in the middle of writing "The Grapes of Wrath" and had serious doubts about his ability to do the work. THIS is what other authors need to know -- that EVERYBODY doubts themselves as they write. If you don't, there's probably something seriously wrong with you! What a reassuring thing, to read that one of the giants of literature too felt the pangs of insecurity in his ability to produce the kind of work he hoped to write.
Quellik
In this book we see Steinbeck working as a journalist and learning about the lives of the Okies, the fugitives from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. He would later turn what he learned into a number of electrifying novels, most notably "The Grapes of Wrath." He taught his fellow Americans to pity or at least sympathize a population who had been stigmatized as "lazy and shiftless." They were everything but -- they had been hard working farmers who suddenfly found the very soil in which they had planted crops literally disappearing.
Wizer
This book is illuminating. He had fame, a good writing practice, a dutiful wife, a nice place to live... and he still wasn't happy. He was haunted, always doubting himself and his work. This is a must read for any aspiring writer that believes fame and money is gonna make them happy. Actually, a must read for any writer. His schedule got the work done. His wife suffered greatly and their marriage ended soon after. He wasn't happy. But his legacy, producing The Grapes of Wrath - was it worth it? (Yes, in my humble opinion.)
Kare
It's very interesting to read about Steinbeck's self-doubt; that's the one thing I will always remember from this book, especially when I feel defeated about something in my own life. He'd already published several acclaimed books, "Of Mice and Men" was a successful play, and he still said, "I'm not a writer; I've been fooling everybody, including myself." There are periods that he would get really down on himself and other times when he had to shut people out because he had to be productive. Very inspiring, especially if you're undertaking something like a dissertation or other big project that makes you feel hopeless at times. It's good to know that even the best have felt that way.
santa
An excellent into Steinbeck's daily concerns, anxieties, artistic process while writing The Grapes of Wrath. It made me want to read the journals for East of Eden.
Felhalar
There are no surprises here, except for the fact that John Steinbeck was the best writer of his day. The workings of his mind as he crafts The Grapes of Wrath is a wonder to behold. Carefully weaving his compassion, his love of California and his futile belief in the Good of Mankind, amidst personal upheaval and self doubt, Working Days is a book that any serious writer should have on his shelf or bedside table for inspiration.
Xanna
Working Days is for Steinbeck readers or any student of creative processes and habits of successful people. John Steinbeck wrote the beefy The Grapes of Wrath like a freight train, averaging 2,000 words a day in longhand, from June through October, 1938. He did not do this in isolation. He got up an average of five days a week, had breakfast, wrote in his journal, then went to work until early evening, while hammers from neighborhood construction pounded relentlessly, amid human intrusions of all kinds, a souring stomach and self doubt. He was a purposeful journal-keeper, using it to set the goals for the day, to talk himself into character development and plot movement. No doubt the journal also served to subconsiously swat away the distractions so he could focus on the work. Working Days is edited by Robert Demott who has seemingly devoted his career to the meticulous scrutiny of Steinbeck's life, works and habits. If there can be a criticism of this volume, it's that Demott hovers too much; his is, for instance, one of the longest critical introductions I've come across. But this does not detract from the enjoyment of crawling around in Steinbeck's mind, which the journal freely permits.
Almost all just notes working up to his daily working routine. Nothing about his creative process, almost nothing about the writing itself. You might like it if you are a passionate Steinbeck devotee but otherwise – MEH.

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