About the Author
Born in 1875, Zane Grey was raised in Zanesville, Ohio, a town founded by his mother’s family. His passion for the American West was aroused in 1907 when Grey toured the West with Buffalo Jones, a noted hunter and adventurer. Grey published a total of 85 books — popular adventure novels that idealized the Western frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage remains his best-known book. He died in 1939 in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Open Range is far superior to the book which had additions written by a ghost writer and was published in the late 1940's--The Valley of Wild Horses--just because the editors at Harpers didn't feel the book was long enough--pure balderdash. This story if so much better it is almost impossible to express how much better. I know Zane Grey is not historically, or typically known as a short story writer but some of his greatest work are short stories, or novellas, and this one certainly needs to added to the list. The lead character, Panhandle Smith, life is told from birth, and his nomadic lifestyle readies him for whatever is thrown in his way; and this is in essence the plot of this book. And he finds his "eldorado" in a rim-rock lined canyon filled with thousands of wild horses, worth a fortune if he can capture and sell them. Of course, one man stands in his way of capturing the horses and between him and the girl. It wouldn't be Zane Grey without the course of romance which never ran smoothly. I encourage anyone to buy this book, not just the Zane Grey fan; and it will make you a Zane Grey fan if you aren't.