March 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Gerald Haslam: Grapes of Wrath’s timeless messages, 75 years later

A librarian at the Oildale branch of the Kern County Library in 1952 would not allow me to check out John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath.” I’d just seen the movie, and had heard from pals there was a book based on it, and that it was dirty.

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