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Why celebrate 'The Grapes of Wrath'? It's bad fiction and bad history.
Why celebrate 'The Grapes of Wrath'? It's bad fiction and bad history.

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath." Which means it's time to trample out the vintage of the Grapes of Mush. John Steinbeck's 1939 novel about migrant Central Valley fruit pickers, peopled with robustly two-dimensional characters and dripping like an okra pod with hokey dialog, shameless sentimentality and corn-pone Marxism, is already inflicted by teachers on high school students all over California and elsewhere, along with those two other monuments of preachy mediocre fiction, "The Catcher in the Rye" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." But now the torture is escalating. The Contra Costa Times reported that juniors at Northgate High School in...

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