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By William Makepeace Thackeray

On a large and vibrant canvas, extending from city and rural England to Waterloo and the continental haunts of exiles, Thackeray provides us one of many maximum social-satirical novels within the language-one of the main exciting and profound, and, within the individual of Becky Sharp, we have now considered one of literature's such a lot inventive, beautiful, and amoral characters. primarily a remark on hypocrisy and people moral rules to which society will pay lip-service, vainness reasonable (1847-8) invitations us to contemplate that is guilty: the opportunist or the society that makes opportunism priceless.

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On a extensive and vibrant canvas, extending from city and rural England to Waterloo and the continental haunts of exiles, Thackeray supplies us one of many maximum social-satirical novels within the language-one of the main enjoyable and profound, and, within the individual of Becky Sharp, we've got one among literature's so much innovative, beautiful, and amoral characters.

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In one way or another, from August 1936, when Steinbeck discovered a subject “like nothing in the world,” through October 1939, when he resolved in Working Days to put behind him “that part of my life that made the Grapes,” the migrant issue, which had wounded him deeply, remained his central preoccupation. He produced a seven-part series of newspaper articles, “The Harvest Gypsies,” an unfinished novel, “The Oklahomans,” a completed but destroyed satire, “L’Affaire Lettuceberg,” and The Grapes of Wrath.

The Harvest Gypsies” formed the foundation of Steinbeck’s concern for a long time to come, raised issues and initiated forces, gave him a working vocabulary with which to understand current events, and furthered his position as a reliable interpreter. This stage resulted from the notoriety caused by his recently published strike novel, In Dubious Battle (New York: Covici-Friede, 1936), after which Steinbeck found—often against his will—that he was fast being considered a sympathetic spokesman for the contemporary agricultural labor situation in a state that was primarily pro-management.

Labor historian Anne Loftis calls Collins a “hands on” administrator; he had the right mix of fanaticism, vision, and tactfulness. He and Steinbeck, both Rooseveltian Democrats, hit it off immediately in the late summer of 1936, when the novelist went south on the first of several grueling research trips with Collins during the next two years to investigate field conditions. ) Fortunately, Collins was a punctual and voluminous report writer (a plan to publish his reports eventually fell through).

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