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How to Do an MLA Citation for "The Grapes of Wrath"


John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" explores the mass migration of farmers across the United States in search of work in the 1930s through the story of one particular farming family. Citing this classic American novel in MLA format requires knowing the author's name, the date of your edition's publication, the publisher of your edition and the location of your edition's publication. Numerous editions of "The Grapes of Wrath" have been published and their exact publication details vary.

In-Text

Write "Steinbeck" followed by the page number you are quoting, summarizing or paraphrasing from: Steinbeck 74

Wrap the citation in parentheses: (Steinbeck 74)

Situate the citation after the sentence where you quote, summarize or paraphrase from page 74 of the novel. If you have mentioned Steinbeck's name in the sentence, you don't have to include it in the citation.

Works Cited

Type "Steinbeck," a comma, "John," and a period. Steinbeck, John.

Write "The Grapes of Wrath," followed by a period. Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath.

Indicate where "The Grapes of Wrath" was published. Place a colon next and note the publisher and date of publication. End with a period. Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin Classics, 1992.

Include the type of publication at the end, followed by a period. Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin Classics, 1992. Print.

Italicize "The Grapes of Wrath," indent the second line of the citation (if there is one) and place it in alphabetical order in your works cited page.

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin Classics, 1992. Print.

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