Whose Names Are Unknown
About the Book
Sanora Babb’s long-hidden novel WHOSE NAMES ARE UNKNOWN tells of the High Plains farmers who fled drought and dust storms during the Great Depression. Written with empathy for the farmers’ plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author’s firsthand experience.
Babb submitted the manuscript for this book to Random House for consideration in 1939. Editor Bennett Cerf planned to publish this “exceptionally fine” novel but when John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH swept the nation, Cerf explained that the market could not support two books on the subject.