First edition of this collection of short stories in and about California's Salinas Valley, where Steinbeck was born.
Near fine in like dust jacket.
"It was westering and westering. Every man wanted something for himself, but the big beast that was all of them wanted only westering."
Published on the heels of the success of OF MICE AND MEN, this selection of short fiction by John Steinbeck is a bittersweet tour through his beloved Salinas Valley. Vignettes of farm life in the western US, at times tragic, at times beautiful, are woven with themes such as loss of innocence, racism, and keeping up appearances.
Stories in this collection include "The Chrysanthemums," originally published in HARPERS MAGAZINE, and "The Red Pony" novella, first serialized in THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Also included is "Flight," published for the first time in this title, making Steinbeck "one of the first American writers to portray sympathetic Hispanic characters" (Laws).
Read more: Adrian H. Goldstone and John R. Payne, John Steinbeck: A Bibliographical Catalogue, item A11a; David A. Laws, "The Settings of the Stories," The Steinbeck Review vol. 6 no. 1.
New York: The Viking Press, 1938. 8'' x 5''. Original beige buckram-backed cloth boards with red lettering to spine. Original unclipped ($2.50) color pictorial dust jacket illustrated by Elmer Hader. Brown topstain. Title page printed in red and black. 304 pages. Jacket with mild edgewear; spine slightly toned. Binding with mild toning to spine, a bit of bumping to spine ends. Shows nicely.
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