Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Long Valley
John Steinbeck


This classic collection of short stories serves as the ideal introduction to Steinbeck’s work. Set in the idyllic Salinas Valley in California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themeselves in the world, these stories reflect many of the concerns key to Steinbeck as a writer; the tensions between town and city, labourers and owners, past and present. Included here are the celebrated tales, ‘The Murderer’ and ‘The Chrysanthemums’.

Paperback, 272pp
Penguin Books, 2000 (1938)
ISBN 9780141185514