The Moon is Down (1942) by John Steinbeck


Critical Assessment "Most works of propaganda do not survive the crises that produce them. The Moon is Down is an exception. . . . The novel's endurance suggests that while The Moon is Down may have been conceived, written, and used as propaganda, it is probably best described as a work of literature that served as propaganda. Judged by purely artistic standards, it is not among the author's best efforts. Scholars and reviewers have most frequently criticized its wooden characters and transparent didacticism, flaws characteristic of novels of ideas. But few literary works in our time have demonstrated so triumphantly the [...]