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The Chrysanthemums


Set in California’s Salinas Valley, John Steinbeck’s 1937 short story “The Chrysanthemums” concerns a married couple, Henry and Elisa Allen, the problems in their marriage, Elisa’s garden, and a tinker.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Steinbeck, John



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3537.T3234



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (ed.).  John Steinbeck.  1987.

                        Call Number:  PS3537.T3234 Z7154 1987

  • Burkhead, Cynthia (ed.).  Student Companion to John Steinbeck.  2002.

                      Call Number:  PS3537.T3234 Z6195 2002

  • Hughes, R.S. Beyond the Red Pony.  1987.

                       Call Number:  PS3537.T3234 Z7146 1987

  • Steinbeck, John.  The Portable Steinbeck.  1976.

                    Call Number:  PS3537.T3234 A6 1976

  • Swisher, Clarice (ed.). Readings on John Steinbeck.  1996.

                  Call Number:  PS3537.T3234 Z855 1996

  • Timmerman, John H.  John Steinbeck’s Fiction.  1986.

                   Call Number:  PS3537.T3234 Z928 1986



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .G27

o   Vol. 9, pg. 516, 519

o   Vol. 21, pg. 391-92

o   Vol. 34, pg. 415

o   Vol. 45, pg. 382

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction. 2nd Revised Ed.  Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Pg. 2236

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition)Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 2, pg. 640

  • Short Story CriticismCall Number:  PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 11, pg. 207, 210, 214, 221, 223-37, 240-1, 244

o   Vol. 37, pg. 321-62

o   Vol. 77, pg. 230, 242-244, 248-248, 259, 292,

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 6, pg. 59-82



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