Sunday, August 10, 2008

Grapes of Wrath: Director's Cut

You've read Grapes of Wrath: if you're American, a high-school graduate, and somewhere between 20 and 50, I can pretty much guarantee you were assigned to read it during your teen years, grown-adult-breastfeeding and all. Thing is, Steinbeck had a fouler mouth than you got to read in most recent editions. Keith Phipps has the 'restored' edition, which has notes on which obscene words were replaced in earlier editions, and it seems "Joan Crawford" was a euphemism for something unholy once upon a time, as near as I can tell.

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