First Edition, Signed Copy of John Steinbeck’s ‘The Long Valley’ on Display in High School Library
A first edition copy of John Steinbeck’s The Long Valley, is currently on display at the ASIJ High School library. The book was lent to the library by high school math teacher, Roy Tomlinson. It is a compilation of Steinbeck’s stories including The Red Pony, and although shows some age and wear, is in incredibly good condition. Mr. Tomlinson shared with us how the book came into his possession.
“My grandmother gave me the book in 1996. She told me her cousin, the lady addressed in the signature, was her first cousin who passed away in the late 60’s and gave her the book. My grandmother lived in Monterey, a fixture in Steinbeck’s books, so it’s quite a treasure for me. My grandmother kept that book for a long time, before giving it to me, knowing that “The Red Pony”, one of my favorite childhood stories, is in the book. As a first edition, it’s amazing that I have it. Signed? Overwhelming.”