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The Great Trek ; a frontier story
Grey, Zane, 1872-1939.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Thorndike, ME : Five Star Western, 1999.
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560 pages ; 22 cm
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Zane Grey made his first deep-sea fishing trek to Australia in 1935. The land and its history was magical to Grey and he was inspired to write a saga of the Australian-frontier. Everything about the interior of the continent fascinated him from the exotic plants and animals to the presence of the last Stone Age man, the Australian aborigine. Here he chronicles the attempts by cattle-drovers to drive a huge herd across the northern desert to the lush Kimberley Mountains where gold had been discovered but beef was in short supply. Due to wartime paper shortages, this great Australian epic has never been published as Zane Grey wrote it until now.

Author Notes

Zane Grey was born Pearl Zane Gray in 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio. He studied dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, married Lina Elise Roth in 1905, then moved his family west where he began to write novels. The author of 86 books, he is today considered the father of the Western genre, with its heady romances and mysterious outlaws. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) brought Grey his greatest popular acclaim. Other notable titles include The Light of Western Stars (1914) and The Vanishing American (1925).

An extremely prolific writer, he often completed three novels a year, while his publisher would issue only one at a time. Twenty-five of his novels were published posthumously. His last, The Reef Girl, was published in 1977. Zane Grey died of heart failure on October 23 in Altadena, California, in 1939.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

An abbreviated version of this tale called The Wilderness Trek was published in 1944, although the original novel was written in 1937 after the author's 1935 visit to Australia. Here it is presented in its original form; at 615 pages, it is among the usually concise Grey's longest novels. It is the story of one of the most dangerous cattle drives ever undertaken across the outback, covering several thousand miles of rough wilderness and parched desert and ending at the Kimberly Mountains on the northwest coast, where gold was plentiful but beef was in short supply. A pair of American cowboys, Sterl Hazelton and Red Krehl, who left home after an unfortunate shooting incident, help the Aussie drovers and find both adventure and romance down under. (Readers should be aware that an ugly racial epithet appears in dialogue about Australian aborigines.) --Budd Arthur