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Ten years after the events of Riders of the Purple Sage, John Shefford, a disillusioned preacher from Illinois travels to Arizona and takes refuge in a village controlled by polygamist Mormons hiding from the federal government. It's there Shefford learns the story of Fay Larkin: years ago, the infant Fay, along with Jane Withersteen and a gunslinger known as Lassiter, were trapped in Surprise Valley. Intrigued, Shefford decides to track Fay down.
In 1871 Utah, young Jane Withersteen is courted by Elder Tull, the leader of her polygamous Mormon church. When Jane refuses, the local Mormons persecute her. Meanwhile, Jane's friend, Bern Venters, is captured by Tull's posse and faces a harsh sentence. Jane defends him, causing even more friction with the Mormon populace. Enter Lassiter, a friend to Venters and an infamous gunslinger. His appearance causes Tull and his men to release Venters and flee – sparking a conflict that leaves Jane questioning her loyalties, Venters finding love, and Lassiter seeking revenge.
Welcome to the Essential Novelists book series, were we present to you the best works of remarkable authors. For this book, the literary critic August Nemo has chosen the two most important and meaningful novels of Zane Grey which are Riders of the Purple Sage and The Rainbow Trail. Zane Grey first visited the American West in 1906, setting his first novel, The Heritage of the Desert (1910), there. His second novel, Riders of the Purple Sage, was also set in the West, becoming the most popular of all his book and helping launch a new literary genre, the western. Grey subsequently wrote more than 80 westerns and remains one of the best-selling authors of all time. Novels selected for this book: – Riders of the Purple Sage – The Rainbow Trail This is one of many books in the series Essential Novelists. If you liked this book, look for the other titles in the series, we are sure you will like some of the authors.
Welcome to the3 Books To Knowseries, our idea is to help readers learn about fascinating topics through three essential and relevant books. These carefully selected works can be fiction, non-fiction, historical documents or even biographies. We will always select for you three great works to instigate your mind, this time the topic is:Western. Riders of the Purple Sage – Zane Grey The Log of a Cowboy – by Andy Adams The Virginian – Owen Wister Published in 1912, Riders of Purple Sage is the most popular western novel of all time. It is a story of a female rancher who incurs the wrath of the local clergy when she refuses to marry the deacon. To get revenge, the town preacher begin harassing the woman until a gunslinger rides into town and decides to help her out. The Log of a Cowboy is about a young cowboy helping to drive three thousand circle-dot longhorns along the Great Western Cattle Trail from Brownsville to Montana in 1882. Andy Adams wrote it as a response to the unrealistic cowboy stories that were being written at that time. The Virginian is the story of a hero, who epitomizes integrity, responsibility, loyalty, justice, chivalry, and magnanimity. It is regarded as the first cowboy novel and it stands as one of the top 50 best-selling works of fiction. Hollywood experts considered the book to be the basis for the modern fictional cowboy. This is one of many books in the series 3 Books To Know. If you liked this book, look for the other titles in the series, we are sure you will like some of the topics.