STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968.
The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking Press, .
8vo. Original pictorial cloth; dust jacket. Upper hinge cracked through, spine toned; jacket lightly toned at spine panel and folds, light wear to edges.
Provenance: Helen Murphy (presentation inscription and ownership inscription to title).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed and signed by the author on the front free endpaper, "again for Helen Murphy / affectionately / John Steinbeck." Helen Murphy (later Helen Murphy Martin) seems to be a relative of John Murphy, Steinbeck's school-days friend from Salinas with whom he corresponded into the 1960s. Grapes of Wrath was not kindly received by many of Steinbeck's old acquaintances around Salinas; he later wrote to Dennis Murphy (John Murphy's son) that, "After I had written the Grapes of Wrath and it had been to a large extent read and sometimes burned, the librarians at Salinas Public Library, who had known my folks--remarked that it was lucky my parents were dead so that they did not have to suffer this shame." (Life in Letters, Sept 21, 1956). Goldstone & Payne A12.a.