Ken Burns Documentary Revives Rejected Book [Video]

Galleycat’s Jason Boog has a piece on Sanora Babb’s Whose Names Are Unknownthe novel that went unpublished in 1939 because it was deemed too similar to John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath; was finally published in 2004; and which has been revived by Ken Burns’ Dust Bowl documentary.

Let’s take a moment to ponder that for a second: A publisher… declined a book… because it was deemed too similar… to a wildly successful book. I know disposable income was more scarce in 1939, but oh, how times have changed.

—Brian Howard

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