Riders of the Purple Sage
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The first great Western, a story of courage and adventure in Utah canyon country
When Jane Withersteen’s father dies, he leaves her in sole possession of the family’s cattle ranch, situated on one of the most valuable pieces of land in Utah. The river that runs through the property gives Jane control of the local water supply—and the great power that comes with it. Coveting the property, a local Mormon leader named Tull tries to force Jane into a polygamous marriage—a fate that she resists. As Jane’s defiance grows stronger, so does the ire of the townsfolk, and the marriage seems all but inevitable until the infamous gunslinger Lassiter rides into town, bringing a quick trigger and frontier-hardened bravery that just may be Jane’s last great hope.
Renowned for its rich depiction of the West, Riders of the Purple Sage is an unforgettable adventure story of love, honor, and courage, and perhaps the most popular Western of all time.
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“When you think of the West, you think of Zane Grey.” —American Cowboy
“Grey stands alone in a class untouched by others.” —The Tombstone Epitaph
Zane Grey (1872–1939) was born in Zanesville, Ohio, a city named for a Revolutionary War hero who was his ancestor. After attending the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball scholarship, he started a dentistry practice in New York City and wrote in the evenings. An avid outdoorsman, Grey found his inspiration in the American West, and his bestselling novels, including the iconic Riders of the Purple Sage, established the conventions and the enduring popularity of the Western genre.
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
Written over a 100 years ago and still a great book. I enjoyed it immensely.
Classic Era Western
This has to be read as a period piece with all the associated prejudices and attitudes. I enjoyed it as an investigation into the style of writing of the early 20th century.