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The Long Valley

The Long Valley
Author John Steinbeck
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story collection
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date 1938
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

The Long Valley is a collection of short stories written by the American author John Steinbeck. The collection was first published in 1938.[1] It comprises 12 short stories.

The short stories were written over several years and are set in Steinbeck's birthplace, the Salinas Valley in California. They include the prize-winning tale The Murder; The Chrysanthemums, the representation of lynch mob violence in the The Vigilante; and the classic Red Pony tales. Many of the stories were published previously. The "Red Pony" was written in 1933 and published in Reader's Digest.[2]


  • "The Chrysanthemums"
  • "The White Quail"
  • "Flight"
  • "The Snake"
  • "Breakfast"
  • "The Raid"
  • "The Harness"
  • "The Vigilante"
  • "Johnny Bear"
  • "The Red Pony"
  • "The Murder"
  • "Saint Katy the Virgin"


Further reading

  • Busch, Christopher S. "Longing for the Lost Frontier: Steinbeck's Vision of Cultural Decline in 'The White Quail' and 'The Chrysanthemums'." 26.03-04 (Summer/Fall 1993): 81-90.
  • Pellow, C. Kenneth. "'The Chrysanthemums' Revisited." 22.01-02 (Winter/Spring 1989): 8-16.
  • Renner, Stanley. "Mary Teller and Sue Bridehead: Birds of a Feather in 'The White Quail' and Jude the Obscure." 18.01-02 (Winter/Spring 1985): 35-45.
  • Renner, Stanley. "Sexual Idealism and Violence in 'The White Quail'." 17.03-04 (Summer/Fall 1985): 76-87.
  • Ware, Elaine. "Struggle for Survival: Parallel Theme and Techniques in Steinbeck's 'Flight' and Norris's 'McTeague'." 21.03-04 (Summer/Fall 1988): 96-103.

External links

  • Penguin Classics - The Long Valley

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