In Stand Proud, one of his most controversial novels, legendary Western writer Elmer Kelton takes on a character who is not as easy to like as he is to admire. Frank Claymore is cantankerous, stubborn, and intolerantjust the qualities that make him a success as an open-range cattle rancher on the West Texas frontier. Stand Proud follows Claymore form the time of the Civil War to the dawn of the twentieth centurythrough marriage, births, deaths, and a creeping change in the society that once hailed him as a hero, and which later has him condemned as a despoiler and tried for murder. Based in part of legendary rancher Charles Goodnight, Claymore is only one example of the many men who dreamed of cattle, and through their dedication to that dream came to change the face of Western history.
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About the Author
Elmer Kelton, author of more than forty novels, 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. For forty-two years he had a parallel career in agricultural journalism.
Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Among his best-known works have been The Time It Never Rained and The Good Old Boys, the latter made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones.
He served in the infantry in World War II. He and his wife, Ann, a native of Austria, live in San Angelo, Texas. They have three children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Jason Culp has been acting since the age of ten, and his credits include a variety of television, theater, and film roles. In addition to voiceover work in national commercials, Jason has narrated audiobooks by bestselling authors like Louis L'Amour, Danielle Steel, John Irving, and David Weber. He has been recording since 1996 and has nearly 35 audiobooks under his belt. Jason has also narrated documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is Kelton's best work yet. In 'Stand Proud,' all of Kelton's talent in story-telling and character development is at its highest note ever. Based on the life of Charles Goodnight, it tells the story of Frank Claymore, a hard and determined man, once a hero of the Texas frontier, now accused of committing murder. The country around him is changing, and he is staying the same. The frontier that once made him a hero is now gone, replaced by crowded cities. This is truly Kelton at his finest. A must-read.
This western takes a man from from his youth to old age and shows how the west changed during that time period, how some of the traits that made a man successful in the early days of the west hindered him later in life. An excellent read, this is one of Mr. Kelton's finest.