The Riot at Bucksnort and Other Western Tales

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Robert E. Howard turned to writing comic and dialect Western tales only late in his career, but he found an immediate and continuously successful market for them, and they are in many respects his most accomplished and polished works. The sixteen tales collected here are some of the best of his stories, featuring Breckinridge Elkins, Pike Bearfield, and Buckner J. Grimes - three inimitable characters who lead well-intentioned lives of perpetual confusion, mischance, and outright catastrophe. Fifteen of the ...
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Overview

Robert E. Howard turned to writing comic and dialect Western tales only late in his career, but he found an immediate and continuously successful market for them, and they are in many respects his most accomplished and polished works. The sixteen tales collected here are some of the best of his stories, featuring Breckinridge Elkins, Pike Bearfield, and Buckner J. Grimes - three inimitable characters who lead well-intentioned lives of perpetual confusion, mischance, and outright catastrophe. Fifteen of the stories were published between 1934 and 1937 in Action Stories, Argosy, or Cowboy Stories; the other remained unpublished for more than thirty years. Many of these stories were rewritten for book publication and have never been reprinted in their original form. They are reminiscent of traditional southwestern tall tales, told in dialect, featuring larger-than-life characters, swift action, broad satire, and wry humor.
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Historical Novels Review
“These sixteen stories collected here are all ‘tall tales’ featuring larger than life characters such as Breckinridge Elkins, Pike Bearfield, and Buckner J. Grimes. Told in dialect, these tales are a combination of slapstick and action. . . . Sit yourself down with a jug of corn juice—‘half a gallon is enough for any man’—and enjoy.”—Mike Ashworth, Historical Novels Review
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Howard, of course, is immediately associated with Conan the Barbarian, but he was a popular pulp writer in many genres. These five volumes collect a large portion of his other works, for example, Westerns and fight stories as well as his lesser-known sword and sorcery adventures. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Historical Novels Review - Mike Ashworth
“These sixteen stories collected here are all ‘tall tales’ featuring larger than life characters such as Breckinridge Elkins, Pike Bearfield, and Buckner J. Grimes. Told in dialect, these tales are a combination of slapstick and action. . . . Sit yourself down with a jug of corn juice—‘half a gallon is enough for any man’—and enjoy.”—Mike Ashworth, Historical Novels Review
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"The University of Nebraska Press collections are an important contribution to anyone interested in Robert E. Howard, or just how good pulp fiction can be."—Southwest BookViews
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“An entertaining selection of Western tales, many of which were originally published between 1934 and 1937, features such inimitable characters as Breckinridge Elkins, Pike Bearfield, and Buckner J. Grimes, as they make their bumbling way through the colorful landscape of the American West.”—Paper Clips
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803224254
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Works of Robert E. Howard Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Howard (1906–36) lived and wrote in Cross Plains, Texas. From 1924 until his death, he sold hundreds of stories to pulp-fiction magazines such as Weird Tales, Argosy, Action Stories, Fight Stories, and Cowboy Stories. As a twentieth-century American master of fantastic adventure, he rivals Edgar Rice Burroughs. David Gentzel is a noted Howard scholar and collector, specializing in the humorous Western stories. He is the editor of Busted Ribs and Broken English and a textual consultant for the Wandering Star editions.

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Table of Contents

Mountain man 1
Meet Cap'n Kidd 15
Guns of the mountains 31
The peaceful pilgrim 45
War on Bear Creek 61
The haunted mountain 79
The feud buster 93
The riot at Cougar Paw 108
Pistol politics 124
"No cowherders wanted" 140
The conquerin' hero of the Humbolts 158
A gent from the Pecos 174
Gents on the lynch 191
The riot at Bucksnort 208
Knife river prodigal 223
A man-eating jeopard 238
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