Zane Grey

Zane Grey, 1872–1939, American writer of Western stories, b. Zanesville, Ohio, as Pearl Zane Gray, grad. Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1896. His melodramatic tales of the West and Southwest are vivid in topographical detail but improbable in character and situation. During his lifetime over 13 million copies of his books were sold, and his works did much to romanticize the popular image of the American West. Grey was best known for Riders of the Purple Sage (1912).

See biographies by F. Gruber (1970) and T. H. Pauly (2005); study by C. Jackson (1973, rev. ed. 1989).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Zane Grey: Romancing the West
Stephen J. May.
Ohio University Press, 1997
Riders of the Purple Sage
Zane Grey; Lee Clark Mitchell.
Oxford University Press, 1998
West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns
Jane Tompkins.
Oxford University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Zane Grey: Writing the Purple Sage"
Zane Grey and Images of the American West
Blake, Kevin S.
The Geographical Review, Vol. 85, No. 2, April 1995
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The Western, from Silents to Cinerama
George N. Fenin; William K. Everson.
Bonanza Books, 1962
Hired Pens: Professional Writers in America's Golden Age of Print
Ronald Weber.
Ohio University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Zane Grey begins on p. 85
FREE! Desert Gold: A Romance of the Border
Zane Grey.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1913
FREE! The Lone Star Ranger: A Romance of the Border
Zane Grey.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1914
FREE! The Heritage of the Desert: A Novel
Zane Grey.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1910
FREE! The Spirit of the Border
Zane Grey.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1906
FREE! Betty Zane
Zane Grey; Louis F. Grant.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1903
FREE! The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories
Zane Grey.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1920
FREE! Last of the Great Scouts (Buffalo Bill)
Helen Cody Wetmore.
Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1918
The Literary West: An Anthology of Western American Literature
Thomas J. Lyon.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Zane Grey" begins on p. 110
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