A Century of Great Western Stories

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John Jakes
Macmillan, Jun 23, 2001 - Fiction - 528 pages
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John Jakes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed historical novels as North and South and The Kent Family Chronicles has long been both a fan and a distinguished author of novels and stories of the American West. Now, with the turning of the millennium, he has compiled in one volume a century's worth of his favorite Western fiction.

To illustrate the evolution of the genre, Jakes has included such legendary authors as Owen Wister, Louis L'Amour, and Zane Grey along side their more contemporary peers such as Loren Estleman and Elmer Kelton. While the stories have changed over the years, certain timeless themes of Western fiction remain constant. At the heart of the stories are ideas that have become synonymous with the American dream---the frontier spirit, individual freedoms, and man's relationship with the land.

A Century of Great Western Stories is essentially a retrospective of western writing over the past century, but Jakes also sets out to give readers a glimpse of what the future might hold for western fiction. While trends in publishing might not always be promising, the current crop of contemporary Western authors show that the old west will always have a place in the world of fiction. Like the American dream which it celebrates, Western fiction will perservere.

 

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A Century Of Great Western Stories ($25.95; Apr.; 384 pp.; 0-312-86986-X): An anthology of 30 western tales from authors spanning the century, nicely organized by editor Jakes (American Dreams, 1998 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction John Jakes
11
The Tin Star John M Cunningham
35
KillersCountry DanCushman
49
Timberline OwenWister
79
The Lamb of the Flying D B M Bower
105
The Burial of Letty Strayhorn Elmer Kelton
132
The Attack on the Mountain Glendon Swarthout
152
Geranium House Peggy Simson Curry
170
Manitowandlronhand John Jakes
239
The Killing at Triple Tree Evan Hunter
258
Peace Officer Brian Garfield
279
GamblinMan DwightV Swain
381
Stage to Lordsburg Ernest Haycox
413
King of the Buckskin Breed Les Savage Jr
426
Burn Him Out Frank Bonham
447
The Guns of William Longley Donald Hamilton
472

The Weight of Obligation Rex Beach
194
Top Hand Luke Short
211
Tappans Burro ZaneGrey
491
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John Jakes is the bestselling author of The Kent Family Chronicles, The North and South Trilogy, and The Crown Family Saga. He lives in South Carolina and Connecticut.

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