Sunday, February 5, 2012
Zane Grey. Brainy Quote.com. Explore Inc. 2012. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/z/zane_grey.html, accessed Jan 27, 2012.
Illustration from a photo on Wikipedia.
Zane Grey, Jan 31, l872 - Oct 23, 1939, baseball player, fisherman, writer.
He was one of my biggest influences when I began to think about writing Westerns. I haven't read many of his books, but the ones I have are Robbers' Roost, The U. P. Trail, Under the Tonto Rim, Wild Horse Mesa, and, I think, Western Union. I read these a long time ago and don't remember too much about them other than I enjoyed them, except for the boring parts, e.g., the detailed landscape descriptions. My mother started reading Riders of the Purple Sage to me, but it never was completed. I have one of his books on the shelf, entitled Desert of Wheat and I wouldn't be surprised to find that it's a first edition. I can't tell because the title page has been torn out and it has only 376 text pages. This edition has a library card jacket in the front from the Carnegie Public Library of Centralia, Washington, with the Rules on it, one of them being "The Borrower's Library Card Should be Kept in this Pocket" and another one, "FINES - A fine of two cents a day shall be paid for each book kept overtime. No book shall be lent to any person whom a book or unpaid fine is charged," and "NUMBER OF VOLUMES - One fiction volume may be drawn at a time on each card." According to Wikipedia, Desert of Wheat was published in 1919 almost 100 years ago. The volume looks like it has been around a long time, the pages turned yellowish, some pages torn, and the top and bottom of the text pages are blackened from being handled. It still has the black-and-white illustrations. If I live long enough, I'll eventually get around to reading it.