Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

by Elmer Kelton
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Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer by Elmer Kelton

"One thing is certain," a reviewer in True West Magazine recently said, "as long as there are writers as skillful as Elmer Kelton, Western literature will never die."

Few would disagree with the assessment of the man whose peers voted the "Best Western writer of all time" and whose 50 novels form a testament and tribute to the American West.

But who is that Texas gentleman with the white Stetson and rimless eyeglasses whose friendly face appears on so many book jackets?

Sandhills Boy is Kelton's memoir, a funny and poignant story of "a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd, a sheep ready to be sheared," growing up in the wild, dry, sandhills of West Texas. The son of a working cowboy and ranch foreman, Elmer was expected to follow in his father's footsteps but learned at an early age that he had no talents in the cowboy's trade. Buck Kelton called Elmer "Pop," said he was "slow as the seven-year itch," and reluctantly supported his son's decision to become a student at the University of Texas, and, eventually, a journalist and writer.

Kelton's life in ranch and oil patch Texas during the Great Depression is told with warm nostalgic humor animated with stories of the cowboys and their wives and kids who gave the time and place its special flavor. He writes with great feeling of his service in WW2 in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and the romantic circumstances in which his life changed in the village of Ebensee, Austria.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429909266
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 345,298
File size: 404 KB

About the Author

Elmer Kelton of San Angelo, Texas, is a native Texan and author of fifty Western novels. He has won many awards for his work and has been recognized as the Greatest Western Writer of all time by the Western Writers of America, Inc. He is the author of Forge's Texas Rangers series.

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years. He served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

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Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Elmer did it again! One would think he referred to a diary based on the detailed events during his life. I expect it's just a very good memory! He and his wife autographed my copy of the book a few weeks ago and he wrote 'As we remember it'! I am glad I made the trip to his book signing as I consider Elmer Kelton the best writer of our times!
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I hate it
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Awesome. Continue this story. Please!