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Max Evans
[born 1925]

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“Among those raised to the saddle, the word cowboy is always one of
such honor that it is used with great care.” — Max Evans

“Max Evans is one of these guys you can take anywhere . . . and still be ashamed of him.”
— Charles Champlin, editor emeritus at Los Angeles Times


        Western author Max Allen Evans was born 29 August 1925 in Ropes, Texas.
        he has published over 25 books and won multiple Spur, Wrangler, and Owen Wister awards.

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Max Evans entry at Wikipedia {empty}
browse Max Evans Store at Amazon
incomplete Max Evans credits [1965-98] at Internet Movie Database



Major  Works
browse Max Evans Store at Amazon
Max Evans at Fantastic Fiction U.K.

"Southwest Wind"  [1958]

"Long John Dunn of Taos: From Texas Outlaw To New Mexico Hero"  [1959]

"The  Rounders" Trilogy
The story of feckless Dusty Jones and Wrangler Lewis, begun in Max Evans's first novel "The Rounders" [1960],
and continued in "The Great Wedding" [1983] and "The Orange County Cowboys" [1987 novella].

The Rounders 1960 novel by Max Evans  "The Rounders" [1960 novel]
Two stove-up cowboys set out to break a wild roan named Old Fooler
– part horse, part devil – if he doesn't break them first!

Listed in Top Ten of 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]
Univ NM Press 50th Anniv Edition 9x6 pb [6/2010] for $13.22
Univ NM Press 8x5¼ pb [10/83] out of print/used
Gregg Press hardcover [7/80] out of print/used
Macmillan hardcover [1960] out of print/rare

The Rounders 1965 feature film starring Glenn Ford & Henry Fonda  "The Rounders" feature film [M.G.M. March 1965]
Two aging bronco busters out of Sedona spent the winter corraling steers; usually they blow their winter pay in one night, but this year they have a plan: to take an ornery, unbreakable roan to the Sedona Rodeo and bet their bankroll that no cowboy can ride him. • Adapted & directed by Burt Kennedy; starring Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Sue Ane Langdon, Hope Holiday, Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Freeman, Joan Freeman, Denver Pyle, Barton MacLane, Doodles Weaver, Allegra Varron, Peter Fonda, Warren Oates & Casey Tibbs
Warner Bros. Archive Collxn widescreen color DVD [1/2010] for $24.49
M.G.M./Warner color VHS [5/94] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

screenshot of opening logo of "The Rounders" 1966 TV series  "The Rounders" TV series [MGM-TV / ABC-TV 1966-67]
half-hour 17-episode color TV series
Starring Ron Hayes, Patrick Wayne, Chill Wills, G.D. Spradlin & Strother Martin
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
"The Great Wedding" [1983]
Univ NM Press pb [10/83] out of print/used

"The Orange County Cowboys" [1987 novella]

Rounders Trilogy book by Max Evans  "Rounders 3: The Acclaimed Trilogy of Classic Cowboy Novels" [1990]
includes "The Rounders" [1960 novel], "The Great Wedding" [1983 novel], and the Spur Award-winning "The Orange County Cowboys" [1987 novella]; with b&w pencil drawings by cowboy artist Grem Lee
Random House/Domain mass pb [11/90] out of print/used
Univ Press CO 9x6 hardcover [12/97] for $18.96
Doubleday 8¼x5¼ hardcover [3/90] out of print/used

"The Mountain of Gold"  [1965]

"Shadow of Thunder"  [1969]

"My Pardner"  [1972]

"Bobby Jack Smith, You Dirty Coward!"  [1974]

"One-Eyed Sky"  [1974]

"The White Shadow"  [1977]

"The Hi-Lo Country"  [1980 novella]
Hi-Lo Country novella by Max Evans  About ranchers and changing times near the New Mexico border after WWII; also
a complicated love story: two cowboy pals are both in love with another man's wife.

Kindle Edition from Wolfpack Publng [11/2015] for $2.99
Western Edge 8¼x5½ pb [6/2014] for $12.66
Boulevard movie tie-in mass pb [12/98] out of print/used
G.K. Hall hardcover [7/80] out of print/used
Hi-Lo Country movie directed by Stephen Frears  feature film [Polygram Dec 1998]
Directed by Stephen Frears; script by Walon Green, from the novella by Max Evans; starring Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup, Sam Elliott, Patricia Arquette & Penélope Cruz; won Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler 1999; filming locations included Pritchett, Colorado and Bernal, Cerrillos, Galisteo, Española, Las Vegas, San Jose & Santa Fe in New Mexico
USA Films widescreen color DVD [5/2001] out of prodn/used
USA Films color VHS [11/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Xavier's Folly and Other Stories"  [1984]

"Super Bull and Other True Escapades"  [1985]

"Bluefeather Fellini"  [1993] 978-0-8263-4260-7
listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]

"Spinning Sun, Grinning Moon"  [1995]

"Broken Bones and Broken Hearts"  [1996]

"Hi-Lo To Hollywood: A Max Evans Reader"
[33 stories, essays & novellas 1998]

"Faraway Blue" historical novel  [1999] $9.95 ( paperback ) 978-0-8263-3585-2

"Madam Millie: Bordellos From Silver City To Ketchikan"  [2002]
$19.95 pb 978-0-8263-2783-3

"Now and Forever: A Novel of Love & Betrayal Reincarnate"
[2003] 978-0-8263-3318-6

"Max Evans' Hi Lo Country: Under The One-Eyed Sky"  [2004]
Hi Lo Country photo book by Max Evans & Jan Haley  Text by Max Evans, photographs by Jan Haley
Univ NM Press 10¾x8¼ pb [12/2004] for $24.95

"For The Love of A Horse"  [2007] $24.95 ( hardcover ) 978-0-8263-4274-4

"War and Music"  [2010]


Other  Works

Sam Peckinpah, Master of Violence book by Max Evans  "Sam Peckinpah, Master of Violence: Being The Account of The Making of A Movie and Other Sundry Things" [1972] by Max Evans
Dakota Press 8½x5 hardcover [1972] out of print/used

see also 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Bookstore's Sam Peckinpah [1925-84] Page

Albuquerque & Bernalillo County, New Mexico edited by Max Evans & Dovya Friedman  

"Albuquerque: Spirit of The New West" [2000]
Edited by Max Evans & Dovya Friedman

Starlight Publng hardcover [3/2000] out of print/used

Hot Biscuits anthology edited by Max Evans & Candy Moulton  "Hot Biscuits: Eighteen Stories By Women and Men of The Ranching West" [2002]
Co-edited by Max Evans & Candy Moulton

contributing authors are: Helen C. Avery, Sally C. Bates, Virginia Bennett, Jimbo Brewer, J.P.S. Brown, Sinclair Browning, Curt Brummett, editor Evans, Taylor Fogerty, Willard Holopeter, Dick Hyson, Grem Lee, Elaine Long, editor Moulton, Paula Paul, Gwen Peterson, Slim Randles, and Lori Van Pelt
Univ New Mexico Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [7/2002] out of print/used
Goin' Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends book by Max Evans & Robert Nott  "Goin' Crazy With Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends" [2014]
by Max Evans, as told to Robert Nott

. . . and those friends include James Coburn, Brian Keith, Lee Marvin, Joel McCrea, and Warren Oates
Kindle Edition from Univ New Mexico Press [8/2014] for $9.99
Univ New Mexico Press 9¼x6 hardcover [10/2014] for $23.79
Univ New Mexico Press 9¼x6 hardcover [10/2014] out of print/used
Univ New Mexico Press 9¼x6 hardcover [10/2014] out of print/used

Movies  &  Other  Media
incomplete Max Evans credits [1965-98] at Internet Movie Database

http://www.bobbybridger.com/ did score for "The Wheel" movie
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0189204/


'Report From Santa Fe' NM PBS TV show [est.1973]  "Report From Santa Fe" [est. 1973]
weekly half-hour interview show produced by
KENW-TV and Mills Communications

hosted by Lorene Mills (since 2003)
official websiteofficial PBS homepage

"Max Evans, author The Rounders, Hi Lo Country" [aired April 2013]
watch full episode [] online
"Max Evans, author Animal Stories, The Rounders, Hi Lo Country" [aired Nov 2013]
watch full episode [] online
"Max Evans, author Animal Stories, The Hi-Lo Country, Madam Millie" [aired Dec 2013]
watch full episode [] online
"Max Evans, author The Hi Lo Country, Madam Millie, The Rounders" [aired Aug 2014]
watch full episode [] onlinewatch episode [27:57] on PBS website
"Max Evans, author Goin' Crazy With Sam Peckinpah [aired Nov 2014]
watch full episode [] onlinewatch episode [28:56] on PBS website
"Max Evans Goin' Crazy With Sam Peckinpah, Part Two" [aired Nov 2014]
watch full episode [] onlinewatch episode [28:40] on PBS website


Max Evans interview on the PBS "¡COLORES!" TV series [aired Jan 2014] thru 08:30


Works  About  Max Evans

Ol' Max Evans: The First Thousand Years book by Slim Randles  "Ol' Max Evans: The First Thousand Years" [2004]
by Slim Randles

Univ New Mexico Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [9/2004] for $19.95
Univ New Mexico Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [9/2004] out of print/used
Max Evans & A Few Friends book Edited by Ollie Reed, Slim Randles & Ruth Francis  "Max Evans & A Few Friends: The 90th Birthday Book" [2014]
Edited by Ollie Reed Jr., Slim Randles & Ruth E. Francis

Proceeds from the book go to Animal Humane New Mexico in Max's name; writers here include Barbe Awalt, Sue C. Bason, Jim Belshaw, Johnny D. Boggs, Bridget (Randles) Brister, Don Bullis, Sherri Burr, Charlotte Evans, {wife} Pat Evans, Sheryl Evans, editor Francis, Jan Haley, Jim Harris, Tim Keller (2), Jill D. Lane, Grem Lee, Daryle Ann Lindley, Craig Massey, Robert Nott, Anthony Olmi, editor Randles, editor Reed, Jeb Rosebrook (2), Harley Shaw, Luther Wilson & Jeff Witte
Kindle Edition from Rio Grande Books [6/2014] for $5.99
Rio Grande Books 8x5 pb [6/2014] for $17.59

"Ol' Max Evans: The First Thousand Years" [Mills Commns Oct 2017]  10/2017
Ol' Max Evans: The First Thousand Years 2017 movie  79-minute docufilm by Lorene Mills, David Leach & Paul Barnes; narrated by Peter Coyote;
world premiere showings in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico in October, airing on
NM PBS/KENW-TV in November, maybe national PBS in future

DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • not listed on IMDb

Family  &  Friends
Max Allen Evans was born in Ropes, Texas in 1925; he currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

wife Pat James Evans - married 1949
Sheryl Evans
Charlotte Evans

longtime pal Sam Peckinpah [1925-84]

longtime pal Slim Randles

L i n k s
Max Evans entry at Wikipedia {empty}
browse Max Evans Store at Amazon
incomplete Max Evans credits [1965-98] at Internet Movie Database

Max Evans Welsh Style Ale from Evan Evans Brewery [est. 2004] in Wales, U.K.


Online sales in association with  browse Max Evans Store at Amazon

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