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The far canyon
Kelton, Elmer.
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New York : Doubleday, [1994]

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Author Notes

Elmer Kelton was born on April 29, 1926 in west Texas. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and served in Europe during World War II. He worked as a livestock and farm writer for The San Angelo Standard-Times and later as an editor for the specialized publications Sheep and Goat Raiser magazine and Livestock Weekly while writing part-time.

He wrote more than 60 books which earned him numerous awards and recognitions. He won the Spur award from Western Writers of America six times for his titles Buffalo Wagons, The Day the Cowboys Quit, The Time It Never Rained, Eye of the Hawk, Slaughter, and The Far Canyon. Four of his titles have won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City. In addition, he received the Barbara McCombs/Lon Tinkle Award and the Levi Strauss Golden Saddleman Award from the Western Writers of America. His title The Good Old Boys was made into a television movie in 1995.

Kelton also wrote under the pseudonyms Alex Hawk, Lee McElroy and Tom Early. He died on August 22, 2009 at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Veteran western writer Kelton begins this sequel to Slaughter exactly where that Golden Spur-winning yarn ended, in Texas, 1874. After the Battle of Adobe Walls, the Commanche warrior Crow Feather lies bleeding but alive. Jeff Layne, too, has survived--just as he survived both a Union slug during the Civil War and his days as a buffalo hunter during the great bison slaughters. Now Layne, tired of death and killing, is headed back to south Texas to resume ranching. But when he and his wayward band (including old friend and camp cook Cap Doolittle, and Englishman Nigel Smithwick and his untutored American bride, Arletta) reach their destination, Layne discovers that a ruthless Yankee reconstruction government has wreaked havoc and that his ranch is now owned by his old enemy, Vesper Freed. But Texas is a big place, and, rather than fight for his land, Layne decides to move north and start again. Still, he can't avoid the inevitable tangle with Freed. Layne and his companions' story is interlaced with that of Crow Feather, whose hope of living a peaceful, isolated existence with his people seems to have been dashed when he's confined to a degrading and violent reservation. Despite being longer than the average western, this well-plotted novel holds interest and will prove especially rewarding for those already caught up in the adventures of Crow Feather, Layne and company. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Kelton, a prolific and award-winning author of Westerns, has produced another solid success in this sequel to Slaughter (Doubleday, 1992). Ten years after the Civil War, Jeff Layne, a Confederate veteran weary of killing both men and buffalo, wends his way along dusty cattle trails toward his family ranch in Texas. When he gets to his hometown, however, he finds that the property has been stolen by the dastardly Vesper Freed, who also stole Jeff's girl, Eva, some years ago. Jeff decides to gather up some cattle and a party of companions and head to a remote canyon in north Texas to start up a new ranch. Along the way, the party encounters Crow Feather and his Comanche family, who are trying to escape from the newly formed reservation. Written with obvious knowledge of the American frontier and Native American culture, this grand saga will appeal to fans of Larry McMurtry. Highly recommended.-Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.