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Zane Grey : his life, his adventures, his women /
Thomas H. Pauly.
imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2005.
description
xi, 385 p.
ISBN
0252030443 (cloth : acid-free paper), 9780252030444 (cloth : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2005.
isbn
0252030443 (cloth : acid-free paper)
9780252030444 (cloth : acid-free paper)
contents note
Wayward youth : 1872-90 -- Quest for direction : 1890-1905 -- Adventurous apprentice : 1906-10 -- Pursuit of the dream : 1911-14 -- Movie making and button fish : 1915-19 -- Calamity : 1920-23 -- Movin' on : 1924-25 -- Fresh starts and farewells : 1925-30 -- Undone : 1931-39.
catalogue key
5617215
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-12-01:
Since most Americans associate the name Zane Grey with cheap paperback Westerns in a revolving metal rack behind the Coke machine at the local stationery store, this fascinating new biography (the first since Frank Gruber's 1970 Zane Grey) is guaranteed to open some eyes. Pauly (English, Univ. of Delaware) has an admirably complete grasp of the various facets of his subject, e.g., Grey's connection to the nascent film industry, his consuming hunger for ever larger and swifter ships, the nature of his novels, and why they filled such an American need. Grey's childhood (in Zanesville, OH, where else?) was central. His stern, hard-working father, Lewis, was fast supplanted as a role model by poorhouse inhabitant Muddy Miser, who played a real-life Nigger Jim to the dashing but confused teenager. Enrolled in Penn State's dental school but playing semi-pro baseball, Zane was soon (and until the end of his days) embroiled in affairs of the heart and groin with the first of the numerous women who sometimes simultaneously played such a gigantic role in his life that they're part of this book's title. By age 30, he was a practicing dentist and an aspiring novelist whose trips west finally inspired him to try his hand at the then-unknown genre of Western. By the 1920s, he was the most popular writer in the country, regardless of literary critics' perpetual sniping. This absorbing biography is highly recommended for all collections.-Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2006-04-01:
A prolific writer of Western novels, Grey did more than any other author to shape popular notions of the American West as a place of adventure, romance, and rugged individualism. Many of his novels were turned into blockbuster Hollywood films, and his version of the West became solidified in popular culture. But despite their endurance and readability, Grey's novels never received the critical praise Grey longed for. The standard Grey biography, Frank Gruber's Zane Grey (CH, Nov'71), has long been considered outdated and inadequate, so this thoroughly researched (and nicely illustrated) volume is particularly welcome. Making use of family archives, letters, and journals not previously available, Pauly (Univ. of Delaware) offers an honest exploration of the complex author. He describes a man who was moody, competitive, and self-absorbed; a man who was profligate with his money, and who made and wasted several fortunes; a man who was a devoted husband but thrived on extramarital sexual adventures. Grey loved the outdoors, and deep-sea fishing was the fortifying constant in his life. So important was fishing to Grey that he documented his fishing expeditions around the world in nine books and established a dozen world records for big-catch fishing. A solid, entertaining read. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. P. J. Ferlazzo Northern Arizona University
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Review Quotes
"Much has been written about Zane Grey in the century since his first book was published. Sadly, very little of it will stand the test of time. Thomas Pauly 's book, on the other hand, ranks with the best that has ever been written on the subject. It is thoroughly researched, well documented, and fascinating. Quite simply, it isa masterpiece. A must-read for every serious student of the Old West." - Joe L..Wheeler, Ph.D., cofounder and executive director of Zane Grey 's West Society, publisher and editor of Zane Grey 's West magazine"Pauly 's work is unsurpassed. Not only has he thoroughly researched the existing material on Grey, he has industriously tracked down all sorts of family archives, letters, journals and other materials barely used by previous authors." John Cawelti, author of Six-Gun Mystique
"Pauly's work is unsurpassed. Not only has he thoroughly researched the existing material on Grey, he has industriously tracked down all sorts of family archives, letters, journals and other materials barely used by previous authors."
This item was reviewed in:
Booklist, November 2005
Library Journal, December 2005
New York Times Book Review, January 2006
Choice, April 2006
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a full length biography of Zane Grey, the most successful American author of the 1920s, a significant figure in the development of the film industry and central to the early popularity of the Western.
Long Description
Zane Grey was a disappointed aspirant to major league baseball and an unhappy dentist when he belatedly decided to take up writing at the age of thirty. He went on to become the most successful American author of the 1920s, a significant figure in the early development of the film industry, and central to the early popularity of the Western. Grey's personal life was as colorful as his best novels. Two backcountry trips into the Grand Canyon inspired his first Westerns, and he returned to Arizona annually for many years. His matching passion for sport fishing carried him to Mexico, Nova Scotia, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Australia. These trips were a canvas for the striking contradictions in Grey's life. Though he celebrated chastity and romantic love in his novels and his marriage was crucial to his success, these ideals were sorely tested by his long separations, deep depressions, and multiple involvements with women. Likewise his popularization of hunting, fishing, and the latest equipment threatened the wilderness that he revered and campaigned to protect. Thomas H. Pauly's book is the first full-length biography of Zane Grey to appear in over thirty years. Using a hitherto unknown trove of letters and journals, including never-before-seen photographs of his adventures--"both natural and amorous--"
Unpaid Annotation
Zane Grey became the most successful American author of the 1920s, a significant figure in the early development of the film industry, and central to the early popularity of the Western. Grey's personal life was as colourful as his best novels. Two backcountry trips into the Grand Canyon inspired his first Westerns, and he returned to Arizona annually for many years. Though he celebrated chastity and romantic love in his novels and his marriage was crucial to his success, these ideals were sorely tested by his long separations, deep depressions, and multiple involvements with women. Thomas H. Pauly's work is the first full-length biography of Zane Grey to appear in over thirty years. Using a hitherto unknown trove of letters and journals, including never-before-seen photographs of his adventures--both natural and amorous--Zane Grey will greatly enlarge and radically alter the current understanding of the superstar author, whose fifty-seven novels and one hundred and thirty movies heavily influenced the world's perception of the Old West.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Wayward Youth: 1872-90p. 13
Quest for Direction: 1890-1905p. 26
Adventurous Apprentice: 1906-10p. 59
Pursuit of the Dream: 1911-14p. 95
Moviemaking and Button Fish: 1915-19p. 133
Calamity: 1920-23p. 178
Movin' On: 1924-25p. 219
Fresh Starts and Farewells: 1925-30p. 254
Undone: 1930-39p. 281
Postscriptp. 311
Grey's World Recordsp. 315
Notesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 371
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