New Trails: Twenty-three Original Stories of the West from Western Writers of America

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John Jakes, Martin Harry Greenberg
Bantam Books, 1994 - Fiction - 353 pages
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Collected here are stories by and about women of the West, stories told from a Native American perspective, and contemporary westerns, in addition to tales in the tradition of all-time greats like Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey. Contains stories by John Jakes, Elmore Leonard, Gordon Shirreffs, Elmer Kelton, Loren D. Estleman and more.

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New trails: twenty-three original stories of the West from western writers of America

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Answering the call from the editors for new material, several members of the Western Writers of America here offer a wide-ranging, uniformly excellent collection of original short fiction that ... Read full review


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John Jakes was born in Chicago in 1932. He studied acting at Northwestern University, where he began writing professionally during his freshman year. Later he enrolled in a creative writing program at DePauw University and received a master's degree in American literature from Ohio State University. Early in his career Jakes wrote copy for a pharmaceutical company and various ad agencies, and authored dozens of short stories encompassing western, mystery and science fiction themes. In March 1973, Jakes commenced work on The Kent Family Chronicles, a multi-volume set portraying American history through the lives of a fictional family. Later works include North and South (1982), California Gold (1989), Homeland (1993), and American Dreams. Six of his major novels have been filmed as television miniseries, and North and South remains one of the highest rated miniseries in the history of television. Jakes is actively involved in the adaptation of North and South for the Broadway stage. John Jakes has been hailed as the godfather of the historical novel, and America's history teacher.

Martin H. Greenberg was born in 1942. He received a doctorate in Political Science in 1969 and was a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin until 1995. Over the course of his long and prolific career, Greenberg has published around 1000 anthologies and has worked with numerous best-selling authors including Isaac Asimov, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, Sue Grafton, Scott Turow and Dean Koontz. He has won numerous awards including the Horror Guild Award in 1994, the Deathrealm Award in 1996, the Bram Stoker Award in 1998, and the Prometheus Special Award in 2005. He also received The Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing and the Milford Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction editing.

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