The Mammoth Book of Westerns by A. B. Guthrie, B.M. Bower, Bret Harte, Conrad Richter, Dorothy M. Johnson, Elmer Kelton, Ernest Haycox, Frank Bonham, Frederic Remington, Hamlin Garland, Jack London, Jack Schaefer, James Warner Bellah, John G. Neihardt, Larry McMurtry, Mari Sandoz, Mark Twain, Max Brand, O. Henry, Oliver la Farge, Owen Wister, Stephen Crane, Steve Frazee, Wallace Stegner, Walter Van Thilburg Clark, Wayne D. Overholser, Willa Cather, Zane Grey
The Mammoth Book of Westerns by A. B. Guthrie, B.M. Bower, Bret Harte, Conrad Richter, Dorothy M. Johnson, Elmer Kelton, Ernest Haycox, Frank Bonham, Frederic Remington, Hamlin Garland, Jack London, Jack Schaefer, James Warner Bellah, John G. Neihardt, Larry McMurtry, Mari Sandoz, Mark Twain, Max Brand, O. Henry, Oliver la Farge, Owen Wister, Stephen Crane, Steve Frazee, Wallace Stegner, Walter Van Thilburg Clark, Wayne D. Overholser, Willa Cather, Zane Grey

The Mammoth Book of Westerns

by A. B. Guthrie, B.M. Bower, Bret Harte, Conrad Richter, Dorothy M. Johnson, Elmer Kelton, Ernest Haycox, Frank Bonham, Frederic Remington, Hamlin Garland, Jack London, Jack Schaefer, James Warner Bellah, John G. Neihardt, Larry McMurtry, Mari Sandoz, Mark Twain, Max Brand, O. Henry, Oliver la Farge, Owen Wister, Stephen Crane, Steve Frazee, Wallace Stegner, Walter Van Thilburg Clark, Wayne D. Overholser, Willa Cather, Zane Grey

Curated by Jon E. Lewis, Preface by Rick Bass
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The Western, though a singularly American art form, is one of the great genres of world literature with a truly global readership. It is also durable despite being often unfairly maligned. Ever since James Fenimore Cooper transformed frontier yarns into a distinct literary form, the Western has followed two paths: one populist - what Time magazine famously billed 'the American Morality Play' - capable of taking many points of view, from red to redneck, but always populist, with a sentimental attachment to the misfit; the other literary - eschewing heroism, debunking with unsettling candour many of the myths of the West. It can sometimes be difficult to draw a sure line between the two forms, but both are represented in this outstanding collection which includes stories by Rick Bass, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Larry McMurtry, Mari Sandoz, Christopher Tilghman, and Mark Twain, among many others.
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