The Grapes of Wrath – Gala Event for 75th Anniversary of Steinbeck’s Novel

It is hard to believe that it was seventy five years ago that John Steinbeck’s award-winning The Grapes of Wrath was published. It was only a year after the book’s publication that John Ford released his film adaptation of the novel following a bidding war over the novel rights between film production companies that 20th Century Fox won.

One event of great interest in relation to this film will be a gala event held by the School of Arts and Humanities and the Public History Institute at California State University Bakersfield. The celebration is in honour of the 75th Anniversary of Steinbeck’s novel and will be hold on February 7th at the Fox Theatre. The program will consist of a concert by country music artist Dave Alvin as well as a screening of John Ford’s 1939 film, The Grapes of Wrath.

According to Dr. Richard Collins, Dean of the CSUB School of Arts and Humanities, “The Grapes of Wrath depicts a lot of hardships that are still seen in today’s society, especially in the central valley.” He continued, “I invite everyone to come out not to celebrate the hardships, but to celebrate the art, the history, and the memories, and to commemorate and say, let’s not forget. It’s a sense that we have been somewhere and that we still have somewhere to go, things to achieve.”

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