Published on December 17, 2008
Westerns Giddy-up at the Library
• “Westerns play first and last to a Wild West of the psyche” • – Jane Tompkins, West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns, • Oxford University Press, 1992.
Appeal Elements Competent, self-reliant Share some similarity heroes with mystery/crime fiction Expression of emotion Endurance and limited perseverance are Physical strength as an rewarded ideal Satisfying resolution of West as a symbol of conflict freedom Nature dominates; most action outside Disclaimer: many Life or death conflicts; westerns deliberately good vs. evil subvert these “formulas”
Classic Authors • Zane Grey • A. B. Guthrie • Bret Harte • Louis L’Amour • Jack Schaefer • Owen Wister
Later on the Scene Don Coldsmith Loren Estleman Elmer Kelton Cormac McCarthy Larry McMurtry Glendon Swarthout Norman Zollinger
Traditional Themes • Cattle Drives • Range Wars • Family Sagas • Singular Women • Indian Wars • Texas and Mexico • Land Rush • Trail Drives • Lawmen • Wagons West • Mines and Mining • Wild West Celebrities • Mountain Men
“Adult” Westerns Feature more explicit violence & sex Harry Combs Wesley Ellis Tabor Evans Jake Logan Charles Pike
Christian & Inspirational Stephen Bly Al Lacy Joanna Lacy Lee Nelson Jim Walker
Contemporary Novels of the West • Distinctive setting continues to appeal • More multicultural and less stereotypical • May show connection to the “Old West” • May involve social critique, challenging status quo • May re-examine western myths and archetypes
Contemporary Authors • Edward Abbey • Sherman Alexie • Ivan Doig • Kent Haruf • Barbara Kingsolver • Susan Power • Wallace Stegner
Awards ► Spur Awards (from the Western Writers of America) ► Western Heritage Awards (also known as the Wrangler, from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) ► Mountains and Plains Bookseller Association awards ► Willa Awards (Women Writing the West)
Online Resources • Western Writers of America - www.WesternWriters.org (including Roundup magazine) • Read the West - www.ReadtheWest.com (bookstore, book lists, etc.) • American Western Magazine - www.AmericanWesternMagazine.com (stories and book reviews)
Keddy’s Three Must-Reads The Homesman By Lonesome Dove Glendon Swarthout By Larry McMurtry I, Pearl Heart By Jane Candia Coleman
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