Zane Grey 1872—1939

Zane Grey

Pearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that were a basis for the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage was his best-selling book. Grey became one of the first millionaire authors. With his veracity and emotional intensity, he connected with millions of readers worldwide, during peacetime and war, and inspired many Western writers who followed him. In addition to the commercial success of his printed works, they had second lives and continuing influence when adapted as films and television productions. He was a major force in shaping the myths of the Old West; his books and stories were adapted into other media, such as film and TV productions and as of 2012, 112 films, two television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater, had been made that were based loosely on Grey’s novels and short stories.

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Arizona Ames (1932)

Not all outlaws are bad mend. Rich Ames didn’t set out to be a gunslinger–it was forced on him. When two men roughed up his sweet sister, Rich reached f...read more »

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Boulder Dam (1963)

Zane Grey is at his best in this story of the building of the Boulder Dam ( Later renamed the Hoover Dam). It shows an excellent depiction of early day ...read more »

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Code of the West (1934)

Georgianna Stockwell, a free-spirited young woman from the East, moves to the wilds of the Tonto Basin in Arizona and she creates a violent culture clas...read more »

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Forlorn River (1927)

Ben Ide is a failure in the horse trade because he loves horses more than money. A few bad deals have turned the world against him. His greatest adversa...read more »

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Lost Pueblo (1954)

Kidnapped from a soft life, millionaire’s daughter Janey Endicott is forced to join an archaeological expedition. But the harsh realities facing her are...read more »

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Nevada (1928)

He was called Nevada, a name he took to lose his past. As a boy he had been thrown among brutal and evil men. He had worked himself above their influenc...read more »

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Raiders of Spanish Peaks (1938)

A classic tale of drama on the frontier, a thrilling tale of a how a man’s home is truly his castle. The Lindsay family has come west hoping to help the...read more »

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Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

Riders of the Purple Sage is a classic of the Western genre. There had long been a feud between the gentiles and the Mormons in Utah, a feud that Jane W...read more »

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Robbers' Roost (1932)

While a battle rages between two outlaw gangs in a remote Utah canyon, Jim struggles to rescue Helen Herrick, who has been captured and held for ransom....read more »

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Stranger from the Tonto (1956)

Kent Wingfield, a young cowboy, rides into the desert with an old prospector, looking for gold. Then one day the old man realizes this will be his last ...read more »

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Sunset Pass (1931)

A brooding air of mystery hung over the locked-in valley. Only Rock’s blazing sixgun could free her from the unseen peril.

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The Border Legion (1916)

Jim Cleve has been deemed, “a good guy” all of his life and it agitates him to no end. Even his girlfriend, Joan Randle has scorned him for this “weakne...read more »

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The Day of the Beast (1922)

Set in Middletown, USA, this tells the story of Daren Lane, who returns from World War I to a society of declining morals tired of hearing about the war...read more »

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The Drift Fence (1933)

When the first drift fence is built across a free cattle range, anger overflows. Jim Traft, the tenderfoot in charge of building the fence, finds himsel...read more »

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The Fugitive Trail (1957)

Zane Grey’s bestselling novels have thrilled generations of readers with heart-and-guts characters, hard-shooting action, and high-plains panoramas. To ...read more »

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The Lone Star Ranger (1914)

A cowpoke tried to beat Buck Duane to the draw, so Buck shot him dead. From that moment on, he lived life on the run, killing to survive. Then he met a ...read more »

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The Man of the Forest (1920)

Accidentally overhearing a plot to kidnap the niece of a prominent rancher as she arrives from the East, Milt Dale springs into action. He comes out of ...read more »

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The Rainbow Trail (1915)

John Shefford rode into Utah’s valley in search of a new life and when he met Fay Larkin, he knew he had found it. Even when she was charged with murder...read more »

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The Trail Driver (1935)

Adam Brite – Texas Joe Shipman – Pan Handle Smith – together with the biggest herd of cattle ever to travel the Chisholm Trail, they were going all the ...read more »

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The Vanishing American (1925)

Romance of the American Indian–the tragedy and glory of the race. Considered one of Zane Grey’s best novels, it reveals Grey’s empathy for the Native Am...read more »

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Thunder Mountain (1935)

Greed and gold unleash a storm of robbery, vengeance, and murder. On the word of a dying Indian, the three Emerson brothers come to Thunder Mountain in ...read more »

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To the Last Man (1921)

This is the classic story of a deadly feud between cattlemen and sheepherders in the Tonto Basin of Arizona in the years years of the 1800s that gave su...read more »

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Twin Sombreros (1940)

On the first day of spring, a little girl goes looking for the robin that sang to her every day last summer. She sees a bee, a yellow forsythia bush, an...read more »

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Under the Tonto Rim (1926)

Lucy Watson, a young schoolteacher, is appointed welfare instructor in a community of isolated backwoods folk. She quickly overcomes their fears, and ac...read more »

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Valley of Wild Horses (1947)

The tall, young Texan had gambled, fought, and killed in every town from Montana to Mexico. He’d been in plenty of places where there was no law, but th...read more »

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West of the Pecos (1937)

Young Terrill “Rill” Lambeth could ride and shoot with the best men in the South. When her widowed, war-ruined father packs up a caravan and drives towa...read more »