Zane Grey's first western story, written in 1909, is based on a real character, Buffalo Jones. Grey's descriptive art was just beginning in this story. But he brings color and life to the area between the Grand Canyon and Utah. The story follows Grey, Jones, and a company of colorful characters on a "hunt" bent on capture rather than shooting. The attitudes are definitely late 19th and early 20th century. Anyone with modern ideas about wildlife will find some of the material jarring. But throughout you'll see in this story the birth of the western, a genre that brought us characters, cowboys, dust, and drama.
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