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Title:
The desert crucible : a western story
Author:
Grey, Zane, 1872-1939.
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
488 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"The real sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage"--Cover.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780786237678
Format :
Book

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The collapse of one of the stone walls of Surprise Valley, which has imprisoned gunman Lassiter, Jane Withersteen, and young Fay Larkin for ten years, results in their capture by a hooded Mormon. Then Lassiter and Jane are offered a deal: their lives in exchange for the immediate marriage of Fay Larkin to the mysterious, cruel, Mormon leader. This unforgettable story can at last be read just as Zane Grey wrote it, without the editorial cuts made to the original publication.


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)