Farewell, Thunder Moon

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U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - Fiction - 82 pages
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The Thunder Moon series represents some of Max Brand?s best work, originally published in 1927?28 as a series of interlocking stories. The University of Nebraska Press is now republishing these stories uncut and in the sequence Faust intended, with careful reference to the original typescripts. In order, the works appear in four volumes as The Legend of Thunder Moon, Red Wind and Thunder Moon, Thunder Moon and the Sky People, and Farewell, Thunder Moon.

Farewell, Thunder Moon originally appeared in 1928 in Western Story Magazine. In this work, Thunder Moon is betrayed yet again and forced to flee his newly found home among those from whom he was abducted as a child. Returning to the plains that have been the scene of his greatest exploits, he finds the shadows of the encroaching whites lengthening on the lodges of his people.

Forced, in order to preserve his people, to make choices that they cannot understand, Thunder Moon must again confront his hereditary enemy, the Pawnees, as well as the oncoming whites. But soon Thunder Moon?s greatest test draws nigh, and he must find where his heart truly lies.


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These four titles, originally published between 1927 and 1928, follow the continuing adventures of Cheyenne protagonist Thunder Moon. Like many of Brand's novels, these deal with the encroachment of white civilization upon the native cultures of the American West. Read full review


Chapter One The Pawnees Are Out i
Chapter Five Gray Bear
Chapter Eight What the Sky People Did
Chapter Twelve Red Winds Vengeance

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Max Brand is the best-known pen name of Frederick Faust, who was born in Seattle, Washington in 1882, and orphaned early. Faust grew up in the rural San Joaquin Valley of California. At the University of California, Berkeley, he became a student rebel and a one-man literary movement, contributing to campus publications. He was denied his degree because of his unconventional conduct. He then traveled, ending up in New York City where he received simultaneous recognition as a serious poet and successful popular-prose writer. Later, he traveled further, making his home in New York, then in Florence, Italy, and finally Los Angeles. He much preferred Italy, where he lived from 1926 to 1938, and where much of his writing was done. Faust, who wrote under more than a dozen pseudonyms, was a prolific writer, not only of westerns, but also of hundreds of other novels and books, including the popular Dr. Kildare series. Faust's first novel The Untamed (1918) was a success and introduced a semimythical character, Whistlin' Dan Barry, who travels the West following the wild geese, accompanied by a black wolf. His characters, who often have a mythic quality, are memorable, and his books are always entertaining. Faust was also a screenwriter for several Hollywood studios, including MGM, Warner Brothers, and Columbia. Once the United States entered the Second World War, Faust abandoned his lucrative writing career and his work as a screenwriter to serve as a war correspondent with the infantry in Italy, despite his fifty-one years and a bad heart. Faust died in 1944, killed during a night attack on a hilltop village held by the German army. Even after his death, new books based on magazine serials, unpublished manuscripts, or restored versions continue to appear so that he has averaged a new book every four months for seventy-five years.

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