Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women

University of Illinois Press, 28 Σεπ 2005 - 385 σελίδες

The first accurate and thorough biography of the man behind the myths of the Old West

Zane Grey was a disappointed aspirant to major league baseball and an unhappy dentist when he belatedly decided to take up writing at the age of thirty. He went on to become the most successful American author of the 1920s, a significant figure in the early development of the film industry, and central to the early popularity of the Western.

Grey's personal life was as colorful as his best novels. Two backcountry trips into the Grand Canyon inspired his first Westerns, and he returned to Arizona annually for many years. His matching passion for sport fishing carried him to Mexico, Nova Scotia, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Australia. These trips were a canvas for the striking contradictions in Grey's life. Though he celebrated chastity and romantic love in his novels and his marriage was crucial to his success, these ideals were sorely tested by his long separations, deep depressions, and multiple involvements with women. Likewise his popularization of hunting, fishing, and the latest equipment threatened the wilderness that he revered and campaigned to protect.

Thomas H. Pauly's work is the first full-length biography of Zane Grey to appear in over thirty years. Using a hitherto unknown trove of letters and journals, including never-before-seen photographs of his adventures--both natural and amorous--Zane Grey will greatly enlarge and radically alter the current understanding of the superstar author, whose fifty-seven novels and one hundred and thirty movies heavily influenced the world's perception of the Old West.

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"The first full length biography of Zane Grey in over 30 years." The title captures the essence of the book. Each facet (life, adventures, women) was thoroughly explored. Extensive bibliography and notes 4* Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

Zane Grey: his life, his adventures, his women

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Since most Americans associate the name Zane Grey with cheap paperback Westerns in a revolving metal rack behind the Coke machine at the local stationery store, this fascinating new biography (the ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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Thomas H. Pauly is a professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is the author of books on Elia Kazan and the historical background of the musical Chicago.

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