Easterns and Westerns is bestselling novelist Glendon Swarthout's very last book and only short story collection. It includes 13 stories and one previously unpublished novella (longer story), some of which have appeared earlier in national magazines like Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and the Saturday Evening Post. One of these, "A Glass of Blessings," was an O'Henry Prize Short Story from 1960. Another, "A Horse For Mrs. Custer," became a 1956 Western film for Columbia Pictures starring Randolph Scott and ...
Easterns and Westerns is bestselling novelist Glendon Swarthout's very last book and only short story collection. It includes 13 stories and one previously unpublished novella (longer story), some of which have appeared earlier in national magazines like Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and the Saturday Evening Post. One of these, "A Glass of Blessings," was an O'Henry Prize Short Story from 1960. Another, "A Horse For Mrs. Custer," became a 1956 Western film for Columbia Pictures starring Randolph Scott and Barbar Hale -- retitled 7th Cavalry. A third story, "Mulligans," has been made into a hit short comedy film by the author's son and editor of this volume, Miles Swarthout. Mulligans! stars Tippi Hedren and Marcia Rodd and has played in 40 film festivals around the world and aired numerous times on the Women's Entertainment (WE) cable TV channel. But six of these short stories are appearing in print for the very first time.
This story collection also includes a brief autobiography Glendon Swarthout wrote, plus his short speech to the Western Writers of American upon receiving their Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1991, the year before he died. The author's son, Miles, has written an Afterword covering his father's literary career and placing these stories in the context of Glendon's novels, including short stories which prefigured two of his most famous books -- Where The Boys Are and Bless the Beasts and Children.
"The posthumous Easterns and Westerns includes a novella and 13 stories by Glendon Swarthout. His darkly humorous "Death To Everybody Over Thirty" tracks a student's guilt and indignation when he returns home for the funeral of a friend killed in Viet Nam. The O'Henry Prize-winning "A Glass of Blessings" finds a group of spoiled college kids drinking their way through Europe. Spanning 30 years, this collection is an excellent introduction to Swarthout, highlighting his remarkable versatility."
Globe-News, Amarillo, Texas
- Doris Meredith
"A collection of the only short fiction Glendon Swarthout ever wrote, Easterns and Westerns illustratres the heroic and gritty themes that characterize Swarthout's longer fiction. Each of Swarthout's stories, both those about the East and those set in the West, are equally stunning in theme and plot. A wonderful collection, sure to appeal to both Western fans and general readers."
Glendon Swarthout had the widest literary range of any American author of his generation, writing 16 novels which ranged from dramas to comedies to romances and mysteries, as well as another 6 novellas for young adults with his wife, Kathryn. Many of Glendon's novels became international bestsellers and book club editions, reprinted in paperback editions innumerable times. You will find them in bookstores and libraries all over the world.
Dr. Swarthout's stories have also proven to be quite filmable, as exemplified by two stories in this collection which have already been filmed. A few of Glendon's other novels to films include The Shootist, John Wayne's final Western, They Came To Cordura, Gary Cooper's next to last film, a Pershing Expedition drama, and A Christmas To Remember (the novel is called A Christmas Gift) which was a TV-Movie starring Joanne Woodward and Jason Robards. Dip into these tales, from dramas to tragedies to laugh- out-loud comedies, about everybody from teenagers in a bloody mess on their high school graduation night, to college kids on summer vacation, to middle-aged baseball players in spring training, to aging golf widows on a midnight bender and decide for yourself just how good a storyteller Glendon Swarthout really was, with an amazing range of literary styles and subjects. You're in for a treat, enjoying a fine sampling of fiction by one of the 20th Century's very best storytellers.