Westward: A Fictional History of the American West: 28 Original Stories Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Western Writers of America

Westward: A Fictional History of the American West: 28 Original Stories Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Western Writers of America

by Dale L. Walker
     
 

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The American West. Just as America attracted millions to her shores by building upon a foundation of freedom, democracy, and a new start, the lands beyond the Mississippi would also attract people from all over the world with visions of opportunity and wide open spaces and provide America with legends and myths that have yet to die.

In Westward, the

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The American West. Just as America attracted millions to her shores by building upon a foundation of freedom, democracy, and a new start, the lands beyond the Mississippi would also attract people from all over the world with visions of opportunity and wide open spaces and provide America with legends and myths that have yet to die.

In Westward, the history of the Old American West unfolds in twenty-eight original stories written especially for this unique collection that commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Western Writers of America. Featuring stories handpicked by four-time Spur Award-winning author Dale L. Walker, Westward is a time capsule of the Old American West, from the first horse ever seen by a North American Indian to a man who escaped from the Alamo, from the massacre at Mountain Meadows to Libbie Custer's great secret, from the Apache wars to the California gold rush. And such luminaries of the West as Crazy Horse, Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, King Fisher, Doc Holliday, Belle Starr, John Wesley Hardin, and the one black man to accompany the Lewis and Clark expedition are brought to life in these colorful and dramatic tales.

Here, the ghosts of the Old West, some already there, others lured to that vast and trackless land of the setting sun, will talk to you in this volume of short stories to be treasured.

Includes new short fiction by:

Arthur Winfield Knight
Bill Crider
Bill Gulick
C. F. Eckhardt
Cotton Smith
Dale L. Walker
Dan Aadland
Don Coldsmith
Elaine Long
Emery L. Mehok
Ivon B. Blum
James Reasoner
Janet E. Graebner
John Jakes
John V. Breen
Lenore Carroll
Linda Sandifer
Loren D. Estleman
Matt Braun
Michelle Black
Otis Carney
Richard C. House
Richard S. Wheeler
Riley Froh
Rod Miller
Susan K. Salzer
Troy D. Smith
Win Blevins

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Western Writers of America, past president and four-time Spur Award winner Walker has compiled 28 original stories into a sequence that parallels the history of the American West. Lewis and Clark, Jedediah Smith, the Alamo, the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, Custer at the Little Bighorn, the Texas Rangers, and many another scene or personage from history appear in these tales by the best writers working in the genre today-Don Coldsmith, Bill Gulick, John Jakes, Lenore Carroll, Susan K. Salzer, and Loren D. Estleman. A person could pick up a lot of history reading these stories and be well entertained at the same time. Recommended wherever Western fiction is popular.-Ken St. Andre, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Solid writing and richly varied subject matter make something special out of this anthology of 28 original stories, produced for the 50th anniversary of the Western Writers of America. Noting recent momentum toward "more authentic backdrops and more realistic plots and character" in traditional western tales, editor Walker (author of such expert popular histories as Bear Flag Rising, 1999, and Eldorado, 2002) has elicited from his contributors impressive reworkings of familiar material. The Lewis and Clark expeditions, for example, are the subject of Walker's own "York's Story" (about the expedition's lone black member: " . . . one who journeyed to the Western Sea and saw things no man of my color before me saw." The Civil War adventures of Confederate troops are depicted in Michelle Black's accusatory "The Hundred Day Men" and James Reasoner's blistering "Dead Man's Hollow"; the siege of the Alamo in John V. Breen's "A Man Alone"; Custer's Last Stand and after (as reported by the General's widow) in Susan K. Salzer's "Miss Libbie Tells All." Legendary figures make memorably vivid appearances: Oglala chieftain Crazy Horse (Janet E. Graebner's "The Whispering"); doomed gunslinger "Doc" Holliday (Arthur Winfield Knight's superb "The Big Die-Up"); and "mountain man" Jedediah Smith (Win Blevins's "Melodies the Song Dogs Sing") and Rocky Mountain trapper Jim Bridger (Richard C. House's splendid tall tale "Gabe and the Doctor"). A few stylistically undistinguished stories bespeak this hardy genre's pulp origins. But most are simply, starkly written and several have the heft and tang of classics-to-be: Don Coldsmith's wistful vignette ("First Horse"), about a young Indian "Dreamer's" firstsighting of an "elk-dog" (i.e., a horse) that prophesies his culture's altering future; Ivon B. Blum's fictionalization of a notorious wagon-train massacre spearheaded by Mormon settlers ("Inquest in Zion"); and Richard S. Wheeler's dazzling reimagining of the life of pseudonymous frontier journalist "Dan DeQuille" ("The Square Reporter"). A marvelous collection that can only help make reading westerns respectable once again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466844148
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
05/10/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
604,889
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Born in Illinois, the son of a career army sergeant, Dale L. Walker is a journalism graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso whose 20 books reflect his varied historical interests: military and Western history, 19th century "Golden Age" journalism, biography, and Jack London studies. Among his books are Januarius Macgahan: The Life and Times of an American War Correspondent; Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West; The Boys of '98; Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders; Bear Flag Rising: The Conquest of California; Pacific Destiny; and Eldorado: The California Gold Rush. He is a four-time winner of the Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Owen Wister Award for life achievement in the history and literature of the American West, and many other awards, and is a member of the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters.

Walker, who lives in El Paso, Texas, with his wife of 43 years, Alice McCord, has been involved in virtually every aspect of the book business. He has served as a university press director, newspaper book page editor, magazine editor, fiction editor for Forge Books, book columnist and reviewer, and has written historical books, magazine work, and fiction.

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