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Zane  Grey
[1872-1939]

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          Zane Grey circa 1910           pages one & two
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       Zane Grey, called "the man who made the West famous" and “the Balzac of the range”, was born Pearl Zane Gray [the family name was later changed] on 31 January 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio. He was athletic all his life and received a baseball scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in dentistry in 1896. He played amateur baseball before opening a dental practice in New York City in 1898. He spent much time, however, in rural Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, where he met young Lina Elise Roth, whom he called 'Dolly'. She encouraged him to write; his first published article appeared in 1902; he self-published the historical novel "Betty Zane" in 1903. He and Dolly were wed in 1905; their honeymoon trip in 1906 was either's first visit to the West.

       His first Western novel, "The Heritage of The Desert" (1910) was a success, followed by his best-known work, "Riders of The Purple Sage" in 1912. By 1915, he had 15 books in print. His influence on the public's fascination with the West was enhanced by his choice of illustrators, which included young protegé Lillian Wilhelm Smith and Frederick Remington.
       Zane & Dolly's three children – Romer, Betty, & Loren – were born during this time.

       The family moved to California in 1918, establishing a home in Altadena (near Pasadena), and later a home on Catalina Island, and cabins in Payson, Arizona, and in Rogue River, Oregon. Many silent films were produced from Zane Grey's works, some via his own Zane Grey Pictures production company.
       He wrote prolifically, even while spending much time in the outdoors: He maintained yachts for his fishing adventures, the Fisherman (1924) and Fisherman II (1931) and at one time he held 13 all-tackle world records for big game fish.

Zane Grey died 23 October 1939, leaving a legacy of over 80 books,
including 20 manuscripts that were published after his death.
Dolly died in 1957, and their combined ashes were interred in Lackawaxen, PA.

signature of Zane Grey

Zane Grey's New West [official Zane Grey website]
Zane Grey House & Museum in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania
Zane Grey's West Society [est. 1982] is based in Pleasanton, California
Zane Grey entry at Wikipedia


"Riders  of  The  Purple  Sage" [1912]
In Southern Utah in 1871 – Before he dies, Jane Withersteen's father decides that she should marry a powerful elder of the Mormon church; but since Tull is a polygamist, she refuses. The churchmen want control of her ranch, and so arrest one of her cowhands, Bern Venters, as pressure to marry; but Venters is rescued by vagabond gunfighter Lassiter. Jane's herd is then rustled; the cowhands kill several of the rustlers, and Venters wounds the Masked Rider, who turns out to be a girl named Bess. He rescues her, and they fall in love while hiding out in Surprise Valley. Jane & Lassiter struggle with their attraction for each other, until Lassiter kills Bishop Dyer in her defense, then rescues Fay Larkin, a girl adopted by other Mormons. The three fugitives meet with Venters & Bess; Jane gives Venters title to her horses, Venters and Bess head for Illinois; The three find refuge in Surprise Valley just as their pursuers catch up with them. Knowing their decision is final, they trigger an avalanche that seals them off from the world forever.
Riders of The Purple Sage novel by Zane Grey  Riders of The Purple Sage audio by Zane Grey   illustrated Univ of NE Press pb [11/94] for $9.56
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [5/90] for $8.95
Pocket 7¾x5 pb [11/95] for $4.49
Forge 6¾x4 pb [12/2000] for $4.49
Wordsworth 7¾x5 pb [12/2000] for $4.49
Amereon hardcover [6/76] out of print/used
Quiet Vision CDROM [11/99] for $8.99
Adventure Theatre ABR audio [2/2000] 2 tapes for $13.56
Blackstone UNABR audio [12/97] for $50.36

film credits from IMDb: 1918 silent | 1925 silent | 1931 feature |
1941 feature | 1996 color tv movie
Turner TV movie color DVD [11/2012] for $17.55
Turner TV movie color VHS [10/2000] for $15.55

'Riders of The Purple Sage' band
'Daughters of The Purple Sage' musical trio

                    

"Rainbow Trail" [1915]
the sequel to "Riders of The Purple Sage"

John Shefford fights the Mormon elders of Cottonwood and their bandit henchmen
so that he can bring Fay Larkin out of Surprise Valley and marry her.
Rainbow Trail novel by Zane Grey   Amereon hardcover [6/76] for $27.95
Pocket pb [11/95] out of print/used
Tor/Forge pb [6/94] out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [4/97] for $56.95
Newport ABRIDGED audio [10/93] for $9.95
film credits from IMDb: 1918 silent | 1925 silent | 1932

                    

"The Desert Crucible" [2003]
the unabridged version of "Rainbow Trail"
Desert Crucible novel by Zane Grey  "The real sequel to Riders of The Purple Sage."
Leisure Books mass pb [9/2004] for $6.99

Lassiter, the main character in "Riders of The Purple Sage" [1912] and the sequel "The Rainbow Trail" [1915],
also starred in a series of pulp Westerns in the 1960s & 1970s and another series in the late 1980s,
which are now being reissued in paperback: Zane Grey's 'Lassiter' Books Page


"Wanderer of The Wasteland" [1923]
An honest cowhand confronts his younger brother about his gambling; the latter is accidentally shot, the cowboy is horrified that he has killed his own
brother, and he flees into the desert. He changes his name and wanders alone for fourteen years, becoming a legend. Upon making peace with himself
for his crime, he returns seeking his brother's grave, only to learn that his brother was merely wounded, and married the girl that they both wanted.
original cover for 'Wanderer of The Wasteland' novel by Zane Grey  paperback cover for 'Wanderer of The Wasteland' novel by Zane Grey  
Amereon hardcover for $30.94
Harper pb [10/90] out of print/used

film credits from IMDb: 1924 silent | 1935 credits | 1945 credits
Lionsgate b&w DVD of 1945 movie [9/2006] for $9.98

                    

"Stairs of Sand" [1943]
sequel to "Wanderer of The Wasteland"

After years of self-exile in the desert, Adam seeks out the brother that he thought he had killed. The brother is
dependent on his wife and is abusive to her, partly because he knows that she loves Adam with all her heart.
Stairs of Sand novel by Zane Grey  
Harper pb [9/92] out of print/used
Chivers hardcover [6/40] out of print/used

Magazine serial 1928; film credits: 1929 silent | "Arizona Mahoney" [1936]

"Captives of The Desert" [1952]
Northern Arizona, circa 1910 – A married woman from the East visits friends on the Navajo Reservation and falls in love
with the foreman at the ranch, who discovers that her husband is part of a gang selling whiskey to the Indians.
Captives of The Desert novel by Zane Grey  
Pocket pb [10/91] out of print/used
Harper pb [10/91] out of print/used
Magazine serial in 1926; film credits: "Drums of the Desert" [1927 silent]



Major  Novels, A to Z

"Arizona Ames" [1932]
Leisure Books pb [11/88] out of print/used
Amereon hardcover [6/40] for $24.95
Chivers UNABR audio [7/98] for $54.95

"Arizona Clan" [1958]
Arizona Clan novel by Zane Grey   Harper pb out of print/used
Books in Motion audio [11/91] for $26.95

"Black Mesa" [1955]
Harper pb [10/91] out of print/used
Blackstone audio out of print/used

"The Border Legion" [1916]
Border Legion novel by Zane Grey  Cold-hearted outlaw Jack Kells kidnaps Joan Randle near the Idaho border; things get complicated when he falls in love with her. Novel adapted as motion pictures in 1918, 1924, 1930, 1934 {"The Last Round-Up" starring Randolph Scott}, and in 1940.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for FREE {sic}
Fredonia 8x6½ pb [9/2001] for $16.99
BiblioLife 9¼x6 hardcover [6/2008] for $30.99
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [9/2010] for $39.16
'Zane Grey's Outlaw Trail' 1953 comic book in Kindle format  
"Zane Grey's Outlaw Trail" comic book [Dell #511 Nov 1953]
"A pictorial edition of The Border Legion"
Kindle Edition from New Creative [11/2011] for $2.99

"Boulder Dam" [1963]
Boulder Dam novel by Zane Grey  Based on the real-life labor strife during the building of a hydro-
electric dam across Black Canyon on the Colorado River.

Harper pb [12/90] out of print/used
Story House hardcover [1963] out of print/used
Northstar UNABR audio [6/97] for $44.94
modern Hoover Dam official website

"Cabin Gulch" [written 1915, published 2006]
Cabin Gulch novel by Zane Grey   The uncensored version of "The Border Legion", finally in print.
Leisure Books mass pb [1/2007] out of print/used
Five Star 8½x5¾ hardcover [1/2006] out of print/used

"Call of The Canyon" [1924]
Tantor MP3 audio CD [2/2001] for $20.00
Tantor UNABR audio CD [2/2001] for $52.00
G.K.Hall ABRIDGED audio [1/87] out of print/used

"Code of The West" [1934]
Harper pb [6/91] out of print/used

Filmed as "Code of The West" [1925 silent feature], "Home On The Range" [1935]
starring Randolph Scott, and "Code of The West" [1947]

"Deerstalker" [magazine serial 1925; book 1949]
Harper pb [2/91] out of print/used

"Desert Crucible" [2003] is first publication of the unabridged version of "The Rainbow Trail" [1915],
sequel to "Riders of The Purple Sage" [1912] - see above

"Desert Gold" [1913]
Desert Gold comic cover; novel by Zane Grey  Amereon hardcover [3/2004] for $24.95
Quiet Vision CDROM [11/99] for $8.99
Tantor UNABR MP3 CD [12/2001] for $23.00
Tantor UNABR audio CD [12/2001] for $64.00
VHS of b&w 1926 silent movie | VHS of b&w 1936 movie for $9.99

"The Desert of Wheat" [1919 bestseller]
Desert Wheat novel by Zane Grey   Young Kurt Dorn is suddenly responsible for his family's wheat farm in eastern Washington State, which conflicts with his plan to enlist and fight the Germans in Europe; the fight comes to him in the form of members of the I.W.W., the 'Wobblies' labor union, who threaten his wheat crop.
Forge pb [10/2001] for $5.99
Univ of NE Press hardcover [5/2000] for $48.00
Amereon hardcover [6/40] for $26.95
Blackstone UNABR audio [2/2002] for $69.95

"Dorn of The Mountains" [??]
Dorn of the Mountains   A later version of a fifteen-part magazine serial titled 'Man of The Forest' in The Country Gentleman (10/20/1917-1/26/1918), that was published as the bestseller novel "Man of The Forest" [1920]
Dorchester mass pb [4/2009] out of print/used
Five Star 8½x5&fra34 hardcover [1/2008] out of print/used

"Drift Fence" [1933]
Drift Fence comic cover; novel by Zane Grey  Harper pb [12/92] out of print/used
BooksOnTape audio for $42.00
b&w VHS of 1936 movie [3/95] out of stock/used

"Dude Ranger"
[magazine serial 1931; book 1951]
Dude Ranger comic cover; novel by Zane Grey  Harper pb [90] out of print/used
UNABRIDGED Beeler audio [9/99] for $47.95
b&w VHS of 1934 movie [3/95] out of stock/used

"Fighting Caravans" [1929]
Fighting Caravans novel by Zane Grey   Harper pb [12/92] out of print/used

1931 movie starring Gary Cooper
Bridgestone b&w VHS [3/95] out of stock/used
Laserlight b&w DVD [9/2000] out of stock/used

"Forlorn River" [1927]
Forlorn River novel by Zane Grey   Univ of NE Press pb [74] out of print/used
Newport audio [10/93] out of stock/used

"The Fugitive Trail" [1957]
Harper pb [2/93] out of print/used
Beeler UNABR audio [10/99] for $47.99

"The Hash Knife Outfit" [1933]
Harper pb [11/92] out of print/used
various hardcover out of print/used

"The Heritage of The Desert" [1910]
Heritage of The Desert original dust jacket novel by Zane Grey  Heritage of The Desert novel by Zane Grey   Pocket pb [1/93] out of print/used
Forge pb [12/97] for $4.99
Amereon hardcover [8/86] for $21.95
Blackstone UNABR 6 tapes [1/95] for $44.95
Books in Motion audio [6/89] for $36.95
Quiet Vision CDROM [11/99] for $8.99
1932 movie starring Randolph Scott
Bridgestone b&w VHS [3/95] out of stock/used

"Horse Heaven Hill" [1959]
Horse Heaven Hill novel by Zane Grey   Harper pb [8/91] out of print/used

"Knights of The Range" [1939]
Knights of The Range comic cover; novel by Zane Grey   Harper pb ]7/92] out of print/used
b&w VHS of 1940 movie [3/95] out of stock/used

"Last of The Duanes" [1983]
Last of the Duanes novel by Zane Grey   Leisure Books 6¾x4¼ pb [9/98] for $4.99

"The Last of The Plainsmen" [1908]
Last of The Plainsmen novel by Zane Grey   Amereon hardcover [6/79] for $24.95
Blackstone UNABR audio [7/2000] for $35.96

"The Last Ranger"
Dorchester pb [11/81] out of print/used

"The Light of Western Stars" [1914]
{{ prequel to "Majesty's Rancho" }}
Amereon hardcover [2/92] out of print/used
Books in Motion UNABR audio [6/89] for $59.95
Quiet Vision CDROM [11/99] for $8.99
b&w VHS of 1940 movie [3/95] out of stock/used

"The Lone Star Ranger: A Romance of The Border" [1915]
Lone Star Ranger novel by Zane Grey   Harper pb [1/93] out of print/used
Amereon hardcover [5/86] for $26.95
BooksOnTape UNABR audio for $48.00
Books in Motion UNABR audio [6/92] for $44.95
Blackstone UNABR audio [12/97] for $62.95
Quiet Vision CDROM [11/99] for $8.99

"Lost Pueblo" [magazine serial 1927; book 1954]
Lost Pueblo novel by Zane Grey   Chivers/Gunsmoke hardcover [3/2002] for $19.00
Pocket pb [11/92] out of print/used
BooksOnTape UNABR audio for $48.00

"The Lost Wagon Train" [1936]
Lost Wagon Train comic cover; novel by Zane Grey  John Curley UNABR audio [4/99] for $84.95


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Family & Friends
Pearl Zane Gray was born on 31 January 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio; he published his first book in 1903; he died 23 October 1939, leaving a legacy of over 80 Zane Grey books.

                     

great-great-aunt Elizabeth 'Betty' Zane McLaughlin Clark [1765-1823], heroine of the Revolutionary War
entry at Wikipediawatch 10/2011 re-enactors video [4:01] at YouTubefilmmakers's website

Betty Zane novel by Zane Grey  "Betty Zane" [self-publd 1903] by Zane Grey
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [11/2012] for 99˘ {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [3/2013] for $5.98
Forge mass pb [2/98] for $7.99
IndyPublish 9x6 pb [3/2002] for $14.99
illustrated Univ of NE Press [8/95] out of print/used
Amereon hardcover [6/76] for $26.95
'Betsy Zane, Rose of Fort Henry' book by Linda Durrant  "Betsy Zane: The Rose of Fort Henry" [grades 5-8; 2000]
by Linda Durrant

Yearling 7½x5¼ pb [12/2002] out of print/many used
Clarion Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [9/2000] out of print/40+ used
                     

father Lewis M. Gray (spelling later changed)
mother Alice 'Allie' Josephine Zane Gray []
brother Romer Carl 'Reddy' Grey [1875-1934] aka 'R.C'
author of "Adventures of A Deep Sea Angler" [1930]
three other siblings including at least one sister

wife Lina Elise 'Dolly' Roth Grey [?-1957], married 1905, widowed 1939
son Romer Zane Grey [1910-1976]
daughter Elizabeth 'Betty' Zane Grey Grosso [1912-2007]
son Dr. Loren Zane Grey [1915-2007]

                     

Western conservationist Colonel Charles Jesse 'Buffalo' Jones [1844-1919]
entry at Wikipedia
"The Last of The Plainsmen" [Outing Press 1908] by Zane Grey
"Buffalo Jones: A True Biography" [Elliott Printers 1958] by Ralph T. Kersey [1880–1972]
"Lord of Beasts: The Saga of Buffalo Jones" [1961] by Robert Easton & Donald Mackenzie Brown ISBN 0-8165-0281-1

Zane Grey  Links
Zane Grey's New West [official Zane Grey website]
Zane Grey's West Society [est. 1982] is based in Pleasanton, California
Zane Grey entry at Wikipedia
info on Walter J. Black editions
"Zane Grey's Western Magazine" issues checklist
Rim Country Museum & Zane Grey Cabin [built 2005] in Payson, Arizona
National Road & Zane Grey Museum [] in Norwich, Ohio
Zane Grey House & Museum in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania
Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel on Catalina Island
Jim Brown's Zane Grey Collections [est. 2008]

                     

Odds  &  Ends
Smithsonian Magazine article (Dec 2001)
'Riders of The Purple Sage' band
'New Riders of The Purple Sage' band
'Daughters of The Purple Sage' musical trio
Zane Grey Fishing Resort in New Zealand
Zane Grey Highline 50-mile Race [April 2016 = #27] in Arizona
Zane Grey RV Park in Camp Verde, Arizona
Kohl's Ranch Lodge & Zane Grey Steakhouse outside Payson, Arizona
Zane Grey Ballroom of the Weatherford Hotel [est. 1897] in Flagstaff, Arizona


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