The Long Valley

The Long Valley

John Steinbeck John H. Timmerman / Feb 19, 2020

The Long Valley First published in this volume of stories collected with the encouragement of his longtime editor Pascal Covici serves as a wonderful introduction to the work of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbec

  • Title: The Long Valley
  • Author: John Steinbeck John H. Timmerman
  • ISBN: 9780140187458
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1938, this volume of stories collected with the encouragement of his longtime editor Pascal Covici serves as a wonderful introduction to the work of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck Set in the beautiful Salinas Valley of California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themselves in the world, these stories reflect SteinbeFirst published in 1938, this volume of stories collected with the encouragement of his longtime editor Pascal Covici serves as a wonderful introduction to the work of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck Set in the beautiful Salinas Valley of California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themselves in the world, these stories reflect Steinbeck s characteristic interests the tensions between town and country, laborers and owners, past and present Included here are the O Henry Prize winning story The Murder The Chrysanthemums, perhaps Steinbeck s most challenging story, both personally and artistically Flight, The Snake, The White Quail, and the classic tales of The Red Pony With an introduction and notes by John H Timmerman.

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        John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937 In all, he wrote twenty five books, including sixteen novels, six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer Most of his earlier work dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years An exception was his first novel Cup of Gold which concerns the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck s imagination as a child.In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found a authentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his life in California Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced first hand as a reporter Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression His later body of work reflected his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology One of his last published works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue of a road trip he took in 1960 to rediscover America He died in 1968 in New York of a heart attack and his ashes are interred in Salinas.Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath 1940 , Cannery Row 1945 , The Pearl 1947 , and East of Eden 1952 , went on to become Hollywood films, and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock s Lifeboat.


    1. 4★I’m going to be lazy and quote . “The short stories were written over several years and are set in Steinbeck’s birthplace, the Salinas Valley in California [all but one]. They include the prize-winning tale The Murder [yikes!], The Chrysanthemums, the representation of lynch mob violence in The Vigilante [double yikes!!] and the classic Red Pony tales" [which was later published on its own]. I would also hi-light here the devious passive-agressive husband-gets-back-at-his-wife account [...]

    2. I have to re-examine my own writing every time I read a Steinbeck novel. My trite phrasing and flat descriptions look like ugly stepchildren next to his princely prose. Even this slim volume of four, lesser-known short stories is packed with some beautifully powerful writing. The scenes are spare in their breadth, but not in their ability to reach into your heart and imaginationHOLD THE PRESSES!!!I just discovered that my copy was truncated! The Long Valley originally came with more than twice t [...]

    3. Full Review to follow. This book is among my top ten favorites. Often overlooked, these short stories are masterpieces of characterization, dialogue, and sense of place. These are stories that may easily be read many times over. I have, four times. The Red PonyThe Red Pony was originally published in this volume. However, readers will find haunting tales here that will linger far longer in their memory. If you admire Steinbeck, pick up this volume you've likely not read. You will treasure it.

    4. The Long Valley was published in 1938. The majority of its stories had previously appeared in various American magazines. The stories themselves, Saint Katy the Virgin being the exception - a strangely whimsical tale set in mediaeval France - are set in Steinbeck’s birthplace, the background for so much of his writing, the Salinas Valley in California. Apparently, Steinbeck demanded that Saint Katy the Virgin be included in the collection, and although I enjoyed it, I have to admit that it doe [...]

    5. I came to John Steinbeck's The Long Valley in the heels of his excellent novella, The Moon is Down. Not having read any of Steinbeck's writing for years, there was just something soothing about his prose that made me reach for another work of his. I must say that I was not disappointed. The Long Valley is a collection of ten short stories, published in 1938. The stories are: The ChrysanthemumsThe White QuailFlightThe SnakeBreakfastThe RaidThe HarnessThe VigilanteJohnny BearThe MurderAt 186 pages [...]

    6. Unlike Steinbeck's other short story collection, The Pastures of Heaven, this book lacks thematic unity. First published in 1938, many of the stories in the collection had been published previously. The stories differ widely in tone and subject matter, from the rather creepy "The Snake", to the prize-winning "The Murder", to the four stories which make up "The Red Pony". What the stories share is their Salinas Valley location, wonderfully descriptive prose, unsentimental depiction of the beauty [...]

    7. I've read about half of this collection before in various places. And I would agree that the best stories in The Long Valley are those which have been heavily anthologized. But reading them again in the context of the whole collection was surprisingly enjoyable. Here you get a wide range of Steinbeck's tone with a single theme throughout: violence.As with all collections, some stories were weaker than others. In particular, I wasn't a fan of “The Murder,” a story which seemingly justifies th [...]

    8. Great writing - shame about the womenI almost never give less than three star ratings, and least of all for somethihg well written, but am giving this a two-and-a-half star rating as a matter of principle, because despite my admiration for the quality of Steinbeck's writing, my impression was of a dismal current of underlying misogyny in several of the stories and a disturbing amount in 'The Murder', which seems to advocate wife beating as a method of solving marital problems. I'd like to think [...]

    9. Short stories that give you a vignette glimpse into life in the West and always leave you wanting more. They fade out just as you want to see what happens next. Steinbeck was an incredibly gifted writer who knew how to craft a character and a scene. Lovely!

    10. " Molly, annesi öldüğü zaman ancak utanmıştı. Annesi halbuki hep yaşarken sevilmek isterdi, ama kendisini sevdirmesini bir türlü bilmezdi. Yapışkanlığı çocukları bezdirmiş, kendinden soğutmuştu" Kitabın İçinde yedi hikaye vardı. Çok canlı konular , gerçekçi , ilginç karakterler içeriyordu. En sevdiğim hikaye, Bir Köy Öğretmeni isimli hikaye oldu. Moly 'nin hikayesinden çok etkilendim. Moly yoksul bir çocukluk geçiriyor. Çok yaramaz iki erkek kardeş, eve ço [...]

    11. These stories gripped me like no other short stories could. Every character matters. There are no purely auxiliary voices. Every voice adds to its respective short story. Best things: descriptions of the Salinas Valley (especially the opening of "the Chrysanthemums"), the characters' psychology, the small, seemingly irrelevant details. You are never seriously angry with any of the characters; Steinbeck doesn't allow you to be. They are all so human. Steinbeck wants you to understand what motivat [...]

    12. Gorgeously written. One of the (many!) things I admire about Steinbeck is his confidence. Each story's pace is leisurely, measured and deliberate. Steinbeck trusts that the quality of his prose will keep the reader engaged, and yep, he's absolutely right.

    13. Steinbeck's works include several collections of short stories, some connected by a discernible narrative thread, others more traditional in organization. The Pastures of Heaven depends on a particular locale with some stories using recurring characters, others not. Tortilla Flat is really a collection of more coherent short stories using a recurring cast of characters in a particular locale rather than the usual "plot." [return][return]The Long Valley is even more loosely organized than The Pas [...]

    14. Otra colección de cuentos cortos, parecida a "The Pastures of Heaven" en el sentido que coinciden geográficamente, aunque en esta ocasión las historias parecen ser completamente independientes, excepto las dos últimas, la famosa 'The Red Pony' y 'The Leader of the People', donde los personajes coinciden. Me parece uno de los trabajos más oscuros deJohn STEINBECK, donde se incluyen algunos aspectos misóginos desconcertantes entre las historias de abuso, asesinatos y venganza (por ejemplo, e [...]

    15. A lovely book full of lovely stories by John Steinbeck, whose delicate grasp on words and language is nothing short of breathtaking. I'm not sure I have anything to add that hasn't yet been said before. The Long Valley is a collection of stories, some endearing, sweet and charming, others unnerving and disheartening, but all a wealth of humanity. 'A big spotted wildcat was creeping toward the spring, belly to the ground, moving like thought.''A gentle pain began to make itself felt in Mike's che [...]

    16. I love reading John Steinbeck's stories and this is one such wonderful collection of short ones. And the way in which he writes gives strength to the context he chooses to write about. There's always a softness in his portraiture of the beauty of valley and the lives of the people in Salinas, California (his birthplace and the region around which most of his stories are set). Along with it is also the maturity that one can grasp while reading, a kind of truthfulness in whatever he sketches. This [...]

    17. The stories in this collection are taken from the earlier part of Steinbeck's career and if the collection itself is uneven, it demonstrates Steinbeck's ability to convey the experience of physical reality. Perhaps it's simply a matter of personal taste, but I have always used this quality as a way to gauge the value of a writer. Experiment as much as you want with structure, plot and language, choose realism or fantasy, but in the end you must be able to depict things and to convey a sense of t [...]

    18. I'm not sure how to write this one up. Ever since I picked up Steinbeck I've been an ardetn admirer, which may not come as such as a surprise for those in the know since I started with The Red Pony. But something about this book worried me. I've had the feeling before that Steinbeck has issues, mainly women issues, particularly about his mother, and I'm certain of it now. This is definitely early work; it reads so differently from later works. I loved some of the stories, others I've dimissed. W [...]

    19. The Long Valley completes my research for Nanowrimo and my participation in the Armchair Challenge. I am so glad I bothered to find a first edition; I loved the book and plan to hold onto it and reread it often.With the exception of the very silly "St Katy the Virgin" about a reformed pig who can perform miracles, all of the stories take place in the Salinas Valley and in the "present day" (1930s Depression). The book also includes the well known novella, "The Red Pony" which is often times now [...]

    20. A collection of Steinbeck's best short stories in the 1930s that capitalized on the success of Tortilla Flat and Of Mice and Men, this collection reveals the psychological depth of the author. Critics of Steinbeck like to point out his traditional prose style, his supposedly realistic situations, and the melodrama of his symbols as limitations of his work. These stories belie those criticisms as profoundly mistaken myths. Stories such as "The Chrysanthemums", "The White Quail", "The Snake", "The [...]

    21. The Long Valley is a collection of 15 stories, the last four of which are the stories that comprise The Red Pony. Aside from The Red Pony stories, they are unconnected to one another except for their setting. The long valley is Steinbeck's Salinas Valley, the setting of all but one - Saint Katy the Virgin which happened long long ago in a country far far away. All are quintessential Steinbeck. I'm sure different readers will have different favorites. The Snake is clearly a precursor to the writi [...]

    22. This is our next selection for Thursday, and I'm excited. I love this book so much, both for the depiction of setting and for the characterization. I have a feeling it'll go over well; the students loved both IN OUR TIME and THE OLD ORDER, and Steinbeck has many of the same characteristics. I've already expressed my feelings for "The Red Pony" here, but there's also the classic "The Chrysanthemums" (which I adore even if I can't always spell the title correctly), the underappreciated "Flight," t [...]

    23. Steinbeck, John. THE LONG VALLEY. (1938). ****. This is a collection of the author’s short stories grouped under this title. It contains thirteen stories which take place in and around the Salinas Valley. If you have ever picked up short story anthologies, you will recognize several of these pieces as being the usual suspects. The stories deal with incidents in the lives of the average farmer or rancher (with the exception of “The Snake”) and try to depict life as it was lived at the time. [...]

    24. a collection of steinbeck's early stories, the long valley is considerably different than his later works, but still contains many of the elements that would make his writing so unique. these stories move at a slower pace than his novels, focusing more on the quiet rhythms of the landscape and the people that inhabit them, rather than the conflicted moralities that mark his epic tales. the stories differ quite a bit from one another, and read as if steinbeck was still exploring varying styles. s [...]

    25. Absolutely marvelous collection of short stories! Themes are not always easy to pinpoint, but the details and the story dynamics show the hand of a true master. He wrote this before he wrote the ‘Grapes of Wrath’, and you can even find one scene from that novel as a short story in this collection! In any case, I liked it a lot better than his ‘East of Eden’ and ‘The winter of our discontent’. Grapes of Wrath, of course, remains his masterpiece, due to the potent theme that shows what [...]

    26. What can I say about Steinbeck that hasn't already been said (and as eloquently stated, too)?"He wished he could have been living in the heroic time, but he knew he was not of heroic timber. No one living now, save possibly Billy Buck, was worthy to do the things that had been done. A race of giants had lived then, fearless men, men of a staunchness unknown in this day. Jody thought of the wide plains and of the wagons moving across like centipedes. He thought of Grandfather on a huge white hors [...]

    27. This is a choice collection of Steinbeck's short stories. I enjoyed them very much, both in the stories and in the telling. This collection also includes The Red Pony stories, which i had already read. Reading them a second time helped reveal to me their special nature, parts i missed the first time through. I definitely recommend this collection!

    28. In the end as long as there are no women in the stories I think that Steinbeck may be an astute observer of his time. However if there is a woman in the story then all of his misogyny comes pouring out. Even Hemingway loved women more than Steinbeck did.

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