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Long Valley - STEINBECK John - 1938. 
1938. First Edition . STEINBECK, John. The Long Valley. New York: Viking, 1938. Octavo, original half beige cloth, original dust jacket. $2800.First edition of SteinbeckÂ’s Â“second and arguably best collection,Â” an anthology of 13 storiesÂ—ten appearing here in book form for the first timeÂ—along with the first publication of Â“Flight,Â” the first public issue of Â“St. Katy the VirginÂ” and the first collected printing of SteinbeckÂ’s beloved novella, The Red Pony.""The value of The Long ValleyÂ… Steinbeck's second and arguably best collection of short storiesÂ… cannot be overestimated"" (Railsback & Meyer, 214-15). Upon publication, the 13 stories in The Long Valley earned Steinbeck high praise as ""one of the most richly promising novelists"" of his generation (New York Herald Tribune). The Long Valley contains ""some of the best writing Steinbeck has done"" (San Francisco Chronicle), with ""subtleties of feeling that are the stock in trade of writers like Chekhov, D.H. Lawrence and Katherine MansfieldÂ… The best thing in the book is the three-part story The Red PonyÂ… a masterpiece"" (New Yorker). Containing 13 stories, with the first publication of ""Flight,"" the first collected printing of The Red Pony (issued in a signed limited edition of 699 copies in 1937) and the first public issue of ""St. Katy the Virgin"" (printed in a privately issued signed limited edition of 199 copies in 1936). The additional ten stories were previously serialized in such magazines as Harpers Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and Esquire. Goldstone & Payne A11a. Morrow 90. Gross & Hayman, 28. Bruccoli & Clark I:354. Book about-fine with slight browning to cloth as usual; light edge-wear, faint spine toning, tiny open hole to rear panel of near-fine dust jacket.
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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