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The Fruited PlainFables for a Postmodern Democracy$
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Alvin Kernan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092905

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092905.001.0001

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Religion USA

Religion USA

(p.50) Three Religion USA
The Fruited Plain

Alvin Kernan

Yale University Press

This chapter presents a satirical story of religion in the USA through the experiences of Somerset Joad. Somerset had always been a sensitive and impressionable youth. Diagnosed at school as having dyslexia, he spent his last years at home watching television nearly all day and night. When the Joads lost their house and the family broke up, he struck out on his own, hitchhiking from town to town, begging, living under bridges, and going to jail for short periods of time when the cops rounded up the homeless. He later turned to religion in search of a cure for his psychological problems.

Keywords:   Joad family, Somerset Joad, religion, satire

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