The Long Valley

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The Long Valley
First edition
Author John Steinbeck
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story collection
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
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 Vigilante, inspired by the lynching of the confessed murderers of Brooke Hart; 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"


  1. ^ The Long Valley, Western Washington University, Accessed November 2007
  2. ^ Introduction to John Steinbeck, The Long Valley, John Timmerman, Penguin Publishing, 1995

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