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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Zane Grey: Selected full-text books and articles

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