Zane Grey: Iconic Western Writer Who Was a Republican President's Favorite

Today’s the birthday of Zane Grey

Whose frontier  novels once  had cachet.

He was read by rich and poor alike.

And the favorite of John Q. Public and Ike.

In his nostalgic “The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America”, Bill Bryson observes (with some chagrin) that the last book President Eisenhower read was Zane Grey’s “West of the Pecos”.


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  • Another inspiring post, AW. Wasn't Ronald Reagan also fond of Zane Grey?

    Have you ever read any of his books? I haven't, but "Riders of the Purple Sage" is such a great title!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    WG, I wouldn't be surprised if Reagan was. No, I haven't read any Zane Grey. One website puts "Riders of the Purple Sage" in its top ten Western novels. That title is wonderful, isn't it?

    As far as Western novels, I could think of only 3 that I have read: "Shane", "The Ox-bow Incident", and "True Grit". All were made into great movies too.

    Maybe it's time to start reading a few more. I'll channel my inner Ike.

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