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Zane Grey: Criticism and Reviews

Why You Should Read Zane Grey reviews Grey's works in the context of the Old West.

Zane Grey and the Mormons is a review written by Tom Rue of Riders of the Purple Sage.

The Genre of the Western is defined and includes Zane Grey.

Literary View of the Old West by Lou Rodenberger, McMurry College.

"Go West, Grey Fans: Western Writer Zane Grey is Enjoying Increased Popularity, Especially Among 'Highbrows.'" from Insight on the News, August 3, 1998, by Val Richardson.

Zane Grey is a biography and critical review of Grey's work from Books and Writers.

Additional criticism and review of Zane Grey's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"Zane Grey: Overview."
Critic: Joseph M. Flora.
Reference Guide to American Literature, 3rd ed., edited by Jim Kamp, St. James Press, 1994.

"Zane Grey's literary career typifies the American Horatio Alger success story, and Grey helped to perpetuate the Alger myth, using striking settings in the American west…"

"A Good Western Novel."
The New York Times February 18, 1912, p. 82.

"(In Riders of the Purple Sage) Zane Grey returns to the scenes which he portrayed so powerfully and entertainingly in The Heritage of the Desert. The mountains and sage-grown plains of Southern Utah furnish the setting of his tale, and the conflicts between…"

"Zane Grey: A Literary Reassessment."
Critic: Gary Topping.
Western American Literature, Vol. XIII, No. 1, Spring, 1978, pp. 51-64.

In the article, "Topping discusses Grey's literary merits."

"With Buffalo Jones."
The New York Times (© 1908 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), September 12, 1908, p. 502. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 6.

"Lovers of adventure in the wild and woolly West will find in Zane Grey's The Last of the Plainsmen,… a book of heart's delight. Buffalo Jones, picturesque and practical…"

"A Tale of the Desert: Mr. Zane Grey Finds a Novel Setting for a Stirring Romance."
The New York Times, October 8, 1910, p. 558. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 6.

"In (The Heritage of the Desert Zane Grey) has staked out a region hitherto unknown in American fiction. It lies in that almost inaccessible country of…"

"The Value of Sincerity."
Critic: Frederick Taber Cooper.
The Bookman, New York, Vol. 32, No. 3, November, 1910, pp. 290-96. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 6.

"The Heritage of the Desert, by Zane Grey, is a book full of crudities which we nevertheless forgive because of that saving grace, the quality of sincerity…"

"The New Books: Riders of the Purple Sage."
The Outlook, Vol. 100, February 3, 1912, p. 289. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 6.

"The purple of the sage and of this title (Riders of the Purple Sage) seems to have found its way into the author's style. Zane Grey is a capital writer of plot stories of the kind which…"

"Popular Novels and Short Stories: Riders of the Purple Sage."
The American Review of Reviews, Vol. 45, No. 6, June, 1912, p. 762. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 6.

"To go back to the Utah of the year 1871, we have a strange, wild romance of the strife between the Mormon and the Gentile over the cattle ranges of the Mormon country…"

"Current Fiction: The Light of Western Stars."
The Nation, New York, Vol. 98, No. 2540, March 5, 1914, p. 239. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 6.

"In Desert Gold Mr. Grey gave us a stirring melodrama, written against a background of the plains and desert mountains of the Southwest. The Light of Western Stars has…"

"Recent Fiction: The Light of Western Stars."
Critic: William Morton Payne.
The Dial, Vol. LVI, No. 670, May 16, 1914, pp. 424-25. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 6.

"The Light of Western Stars, by Mr. Zane Grey, is a stirring romance of the southwestern desert, the scene being laid in Mexico, close to the Mexican border…"

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