Stories of the Old West: Tales of the Mining Camp, Cavalry Troop, & Cattle Ranch

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John D. Seelye
University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 - Fiction - 475 pages

This collection of stories portrays an Old West that is both fact and fiction. The fifty narratives are written by some of America’s finest writers, including Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Jack London, Mary Austin, Ambrose Bierce, Owen Wister, Frederic Remington, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, O. Henry, and Stewart Edward White.

The reader will delight in comic tales about California charlatans, prostitutes with hearts of gold, tough, taciturn, and honorable cowboys, and heroic cavalrymen. There are razor-sharp stories of settlers struggling to survive in an unforgiving and unknown land and accounts with a rare understanding of the cultures of the American Indian.

" ’Of Course you don’t know Tom Merwin,’ said Longley, almost genially. ’Yes, I know about that loan. It hasn’t any security except Tom Merwin’s word. Somehow, I’ve always found that when a man’s word is good, it’s the best security there is.’"-O. Henry, "A Call Loan"

 

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I think this is one of the better short story collections I have read recently. Not all the stories were stellar, when are they ever? The short biography/introductions to each author describing their ... Read full review

Contents

from In the Midst of Life Tales of Soldiers
88
OWEN WISTER
121
FREDERIC REMINGTON
187
from Men with the Bark
216
JACK LONDON
271
FRANK NORRIS
293
STEWART EDWARD WHITE
317
O HENRY
369
MARY AUSTIN
421
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