Book: Paperback | 129 x 198mm | 272 pages | ISBN 9780141185514 | 30 Nov 2000 | Penguin Classics
These short stories, written over several years and first published together in
1938, are set in Steinbeck's birthplace, the rolling Salinas Valley in California,
a land of farms, ranches, sunny hills and distant mountains. Haunting and
acutely observed, they explore the tensions between men and women, the
individual and society, and humanity and the natural world. They include the
chilling, prize-winning tale 'The Murder'; 'The Chrysanthemums', possibly his most ambitious story; the gritty lynch mob violence of 'The Vigilante'; and the classic 'Red Pony' tales. In these works Steinbeck developed new ways of storytelling, honing the
artistry from which his great novels would emerge.