John Steinbeck | Critical Essay by Roy Simmonds

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of John Steinbeck.
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Critical Essay by Roy Simmonds

SOURCE: Simmonds, Roy. “The Troubled Thirties.” In A Biographical and Critical Introduction of John Steinbeck, pp. 65-78. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000.

In the following excerpt, Simmonds elucidates the main thematic concerns of the stories in The Long Valley.

The Long Valley contains fifteen stories, most of which were written during the years 1931 through 1934. All of the stories but one are set in the Salinas Valley, the “long valley” of the title. Several of the stories are concerned with the theme of sexual conflict between men and women, and one can speculate that they may reflect aspects of Steinbeck's often uneasy and sometimes tempestuous relationship with Carol.

The one story not set in the long valley, “St. Katy the Virgin,” is an early work and may possibly...

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