Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 7.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Michael McCoy has compiled an enjoyable collection of eighteen cowboy tales written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I had expected Classic Cowboy Stories to be entirely fictional short stories. However, many entries are chapters taken from novels, biographies, and travel writings. McCoy was careful in his choices; these selections function quite effectively as independent stories. There is no sense of fragmentation or incompleteness.Several authors were familiar like Owen Wister, Theodore Roosevelt, Frederic Remington, Zane Grey, and O. Henry, but most were new to me, including William MacLeod Raine, Clarence Mulford, Isabella Bird, F. R. Buckley, B. M. Bowers, Frank Benton, Bill Nye, Stewart Edward White, Eugene Rhodes, and Emerson Hough. For those that are counting, there are only fifteen authors; Owen Wister, Zane Grey, and O. Henry each had two selections.I quite enjoyed these varied stories and I now make a few predictions. First, at some point I will return to this collection and read these stories again. Second, I will track down and read the sources of several of the biographical selections, particularly Theodore Roosevelt's Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail (1888), Isabella L. Bird's A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (1879), and Frederick Remington's Pony Tracks (1895). And third, I will once again read those two classic westerns, Owen Wister's The Virginian and Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage.
I bought this for my grandpa for christmas, the print is a little small-but he enjoyed the book
What a great collection of western stories. Many of the stories were written in the early 1900's, they are just as good today as when they were first written.pat
He has been readinf westerns for years now and he stated this one was one of the best he has read
Great mix of authors, time periods and western themes that make these stories ageless and entertaining. McCoy has done a superb job of selecting some good 'uns for an extremely enjoyable read.
Very mis-named. The first story is a long winded tale about a CHICKEN. Hardly a cowboy story. The book does not get better throughout. Stories about women, stories oddly written and hard to follow. Not worth buying. Keep looking.
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