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|August 24, 2011||Posted by Westernfilms.com under Western Literature||
The genre of the Western has a longstanding
tradition in fiction. Starting around the mid 1800’s the cheap and inexpensive
novels sold as “dime novels” used the setting of the Wild West to capture the
imagination of readers all over the country.
These novels were written quickly,
and were often written about actual people such as Wild Bill Hickock and
outlaws such as Jesse James.
The first major author to work in the genre
was Zane Grey. His Riders of the Purple Sage written in 1912 is believed
by many critics and fans to be responsible for most of the familiar tropes that
are commonly associated with Western literature. Zane wrote many novels that portrayed an
idealized version of the old west.
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