PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

Back on this day in 1939, John Steinbeck's award winning novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published.

It won a Pulitzer Prize and is considered an American classic.

So our question is.....

Steinbeck's wife came up with the title for "The Grapes of Wrath" from a line taken from a Civil War-era song... What was the song?

A - The Battle Hymn of the Republic

B - When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

C - Dixie

D - Battle Cry of Freedom

Scroll to the bottom to find out if your guess was right...

Answer:

A - The Battle Hymn of the Republic

John Steinbeck was having trouble coming up with a title so his wife Carol suggested the line.... "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord:

he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

he hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:

his truth is marching on."

She said the line represents the protagonist, Tom Joad's situation of battling through the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.