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About the Author: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history. This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place.

Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer. Most of his earlier work dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years. An exception was his first novel Cup of Gold which concerns the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck's imagination as a child.

In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found a more authentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his life in California. Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced first-hand as a reporter.

Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters; his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. His later body of work reflected his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology.

One of his last published works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue of a road trip he took in 1960 to rediscover America. He died in 1968 in New York of a heart attack and his ashes are interred in Salinas.

Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947), and East of Eden (1952), went on to become Hollywood films, and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.


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Paperback, Published in Jan 1970 by Navona

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788496707931

Page count: 200

El valle de Salinas, un espacio personal transferido a la categoría de metáfora de la existencia El largo valle al que hace referencia el título de esta colección de relatos es el valle de Salinas, ciudad natal de John Steinbeck: una sucesión de montañas, colinas y cañones en los que se alzan pequeños ranchos rodeados de anchas praderas, donde los seres humanos viven, aman, lloran, ríen, matan y mueren.
Por las páginas de El largo valle desfilan esposas insatisfechas, granjeros tozudos cuyo horizonte es la próxima cosecha, pacíficos ciudadanos que acaban participando en linchamientos, agitadores comunistas, braceros de rancho y piadosas viejas damas, sin olvidar a una cerda herética que eludirá la matanza a la que está abocada su especie para convertirse en modelo de santidad.
John Steinbeck fue, además de un excelente novelista, un consumado maestro del relato corto. La agudeza en el trazo de personajes inolvidables, como la Mama Torres de "Huida" o el monstruoso protagonista de "Johnny el Oso", queda patente en esta serie de cuentos que contribuyó a su consagración como uno de los narradores norteamericanos indispensables del siglo XX. El volumen incluye además un relato de Steinbeck nunca traducido anteriormente al castellano, "Santa Katy Virgen", divertidísima e irreverente fábula sobre los atavismos de la religión. Pero El valle largo es mucho más: una metáfora de la condición humana, un fresco de la existencia con toda su grandeza, su miseria, su esplendor y su inevitable acabación

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