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Contest Disputes

John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize. While beloved by many now, the book initially was controversial, criticized and “publicly banned and burned by citizens” for promoting communist propaganda, according to the National Steinbeck Center website.

What remains

It’s a curious thing, the ways in which a town can die. Wiped out by nature like the history books’ accounts of Pompeii or eerily abandoned like the colonial settlement of Roanoke, suddenly or slowly, a town can be erased from maps or just fade from memories.

The Seeker

His quest would eventually give birth to Big Little Man, his taboo-busting narrative, published last year to rave reviews. The Library Journal lauded the book as “revelatory and sobering.” Kirkus Reviews called it “a deft and illuminating memoir and cultural history.”