Zane Grey: Romancing The West

Zane Grey Romancing The West One of the century s most enduring American writers Zane Grey left a legacy to our national consciousness that far outstrips the literary contribution of his often predictable plots and recurring the

  • Title: Zane Grey: Romancing The West
  • Author: Stephen J. May
  • ISBN: 9780821411810
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the century s most enduring American writers, Zane Grey left a legacy to our national consciousness that far outstrips the literary contribution of his often predictable plots and recurring themes How did Grey capture the attention of millions of readers and promote the Western fantasy that continues to occupy many of the world s leisure hours This study assessesOne of the century s most enduring American writers, Zane Grey left a legacy to our national consciousness that far outstrips the literary contribution of his often predictable plots and recurring themes How did Grey capture the attention of millions of readers and promote the Western fantasy that continues to occupy many of the world s leisure hours This study assesses the Zane Grey phenomenon by examining Grey s romantic novels in the context of his life and era.Grey, whose roots were in Zanesville, Ohio, was the son of a dentist and practiced dentistry himself in his early adulthood He threw over that life for one of adventure, traveling throughout the world in search of excitement, a course that ultimately led him to become one of America s most popular authors But he also was dogged by depression and inertia that affected his ability and will to work.In Zane Grey Romancing the West, author Stephen J May traces the career of Grey by analyzing the development of his novels and popularity and the degree to which that shaped his world.The book also investigates Grey s personal life from his fling with Hollywood to his passion for deep sea fishing illuminating the literature that shaped America s vision of itself through one of its most enduring and cherished myths.

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    1. The major purpose of romance is to realize the desirabledreams come true, good triumphs over evil, tragedy is transcended, and an ordered world is illustrated by the central characters riding into a golden sunset. The initiation of the hero is essential, as is a quest, the hero's journey. ~~ Stephen J. MayBut real life so rarely fits this tidy little description, does it. And what does a person do if they are missing that feeling of romance in their lives? Write it themselves. At least that is w [...]

    2. Zane Grey is the topic of Stephan May’s book Zane Grey: Romancing the West . He provides a brief overview of this beloved author’s life as well as insights to some of his books.

    3. Not as in-depth as Frank Gruber's biography but a good starting point for those interested in Grey's career. May does a good job of analyzing Grey's character and books.

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