A lifelong interest in frontier America is evidenced in this collection of Western stories from the historical novelist John Jakes. The volume provides both traditional Western tales from Jakes' early writings and recent work, including excerpts from his novel Heaven and Hell.A lifelong interest in frontier America is evidenced in this collection of Western stories from the historical novelist John Jakes. The volume provides both traditional Western tales from Jakes' early writings and recent work, including excerpts from his novel Heaven and Hell.Read Less
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Dust Jacket Photograph and Design By Laury A. Egan; Book Design By Laury A. Egan. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author and Editor First printing of the hardcover edition. xvi, 280pp. Green cloth, black ink spine lettering, tan flecked endpapers. Dust jacket is unpriced but is not clipped. SIGNED BY JAKES and PRONZINI. Eighth in the Western Writers Series which comprised ten volumes, all edited by Pronzini and Greenberg, with long introductions [by leading western writers and editors like Jon Tuska, Dale Walker, Robert Briney, Ed Gorman, Stephen Overholser, Bill Pronzini] and comprehensive bibilographies along with 8-12 stories [and some non-fiction pieces]; the first three volumes being published by Southern Illinois University Press and the remaining seven volumes by Ohio University Press. The Ohio University Press hardcover editions were published simultaneously with Swallow Press Trade paperback editions. Many of the hardcover editions had limited print runs and most were sold to libraries, making collectible copies scarce. Some of the titles were later reprinted [without the editorial apparatus] in The Barricade Classic Western Series of Barricade Books Trade paperbacks. Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Tophand Author: John Jakes by Dale L. Walker; The Western; and How We Got It; Shootout at White Pass; The Woman at Apache Wells; Hell on the High Iron; A Duel of Magicians; Death Rides Here! ; The Winning of Poker Alice; To the Last Bullet; Little Phil and the Daughter of Joy; The Tinhorn Fills His Hand; The Naked Gun; Dutchman; A Bibliography of Books by John Jakes. " John Jakes' lifelong interest in frontier America is evident in the Western stories that bracket his writing career. In the early fifties, while attending De Pauw University in Indiana, he was a frequent contributor to such well-known pulp magazines of the period as Ranch Romances, Max Brand's Western, and Big-Book Western. His first published book was a Western juvenile: 'The Texans Ride North' (1952). His first adult novel, 'Wear a Fast Gun' (1956), concerns a new lawman in a mythical Western town. And his most...
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