Zane Grey

(1872—1939) American writer

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writer of Western fiction, the 20th-century heir of the dime novel, whose more than 60 books sold over 13,000,000 copies during his life. His stories, chiefly dealing with cowboy life, are melodramatic and lack characterization, presenting life as a struggle between ruthless villains and self-reliant, brawny heroes who are loyal to their friends and the fictional ethics of the frontier and chivalrous toward their naïve heroines. Grey's most popular novel was Riders of the Purple Sage (1912), but all his fiction was widely read and many of his works have been adapted for motion pictures.

Subjects: Literature.

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