By Donald V. Coers
In March 1942, a determined interval for the allies in international conflict II, John Steinbeck released his propaganda novel The Moon is Down—the tale of ruthless invaders who overrun a militarily helpless country. during the novel, Steinbeck underscored either the deadly weak point of the “invincible” unnamed aggressors and the inherent strength of the human values shard through the “conquered” people.
The Moon is Down created a right away sensation between American literary critics; fierce debate erupted over Steinbeck’s uncommonly sympathetic portrayal of the enemy and the novel’s strength as a car for propaganda. Fifty years later, Coers keeps the controversy, depending seriously on unpublished letters and private interviews with the legal professionals, booklet purchasers, actors, publishers, and housewives linked to the resistance hobbies in Western Europe. Clandestine translations of The Moon Is Down fast seemed and have been greatly circulated below the noses of the Gestapo. Coers records the destiny of Steinbeck’s novel within the palms of global struggle II resistance combatants and deepens our appreciation of Steinbeck’s precise skill to specific the emotions of oppressed peoples.
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