Zane Grey Books

Zane Grey was an American author and dentist that was born in 1872 and died in 1939 at the age of 67. A native of Zanesville in Ohio, Zane’s father was a dentist. His mother was an English Quaker immigrant.

Order of Forlorn River Series

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1 Forlorn River 1926 Description / Buy
2 Nevada 1928 Description / Buy

Order of Light of the Western Stars Series

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1 Light of Western Stars, The 1914 Description / Buy
2 Majesty's Rancho 1937 Description / Buy

Order of Riders of the Purple Sage Series

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1 Riders of the Purple Sage 1912 Description / Buy
2 The Rainbow Trail 1915 Description / Buy
3 The Desert Crucible 1915 Description / Buy

Order of The Ohio River Trilogy Series

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1 Betty Zane 1903 Description / Buy
2 The Spirit of the Border 1906 Description / Buy
3 The Last Trail 1909 Description / Buy

Order of Zane Grey Standalone Novels

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1 The Last of the Plainsmen 1908 Description / Buy
2 The Short Stop 1909 Description / Buy
3 Wild Fire 1910 Description / Buy
4 The Heritage of the Desert 1910 Description / Buy
5 The Young Forester (Short Story) 1910 Description / Buy
6 Wildfire 1910 Description / Buy
7 The Young Pitcher 1911 Description / Buy
8 The Young Lion Hunter 1911 Description / Buy
9 Ken Ward in the Jungle 1912 Description / Buy
10 Desert Gold 1913 Description / Buy
11 The Lone Star Ranger 1914 Description / Buy
12 The Light of Western Stars 1914 Description / Buy
13 Cabin Gulch 1915 Description / Buy
14 The Border Legion 1916 Description / Buy
15 The U. P. Trail 1918 Description / Buy
16 The Desert Of Wheat 1918 Description / Buy
17 The Mysterious Rider 1919 Description / Buy
18 War Comes to the Big Bend 1919 Description / Buy
19 The Man of the Forest 1920 Description / Buy
20 Wanderer of the Wasteland 1920 Description / Buy
21 Wyoming 1920 Description / Buy
22 To the Last Man 1921 Description / Buy
23 Tonto Basin 1921 Description / Buy
24 The Day of the Beast 1922 Description / Buy
25 Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon 1922 Description / Buy
26 The Rustlers of Pecos County (Short Story) 1923 Description / Buy
27 The Call of the Canyon 1924 Description / Buy
28 Under the Tonto Rim 1925 Description / Buy
29 The Thundering Herd 1925 Description / Buy
30 The Deer Stalker 1925 Description / Buy
31 The Vanishing American 1925 Description / Buy
32 Shower of Gold 1925 Description / Buy
33 Top Hand 1925 Description / Buy
34 The Water Hole 1925 Description / Buy
35 Lost Pueblo 1927 Description / Buy
36 Open Range 1927 Description / Buy
37 Wild Horse Mesa 1928 Description / Buy
38 The Shepherd of Guadaloupe 1928 Description / Buy
39 Stairs of Sand 1928 Description / Buy
40 Dorn of the Mountains 1928 Description / Buy
41 Don. The Story Of A Lion Dog 1928 Description / Buy
42 A Missouri Schoolmarm (Short Story) 1928 Description / Buy
43 The Hash Knife Outfit 1929 Description / Buy
44 Rogue River Feud 1929 Description / Buy
45 Fighting Caravans 1929 Description / Buy
46 The Drift Fence 1929 Description / Buy
47 Robbers Roost 1930 Description / Buy
48 Sunset Pass 1930 Description / Buy
49 The Dude Ranger 1930 Description / Buy
50 West of the Pecos 1931 Description / Buy
51 Raiders of Spanish Peaks 1931 Description / Buy
52 The Trail Driver 1931 Description / Buy
53 The Lost Wagon Train 1932 Description / Buy
54 Thunder Mountain 1932 Description / Buy
55 Arizona Ames 1932 Description / Buy
56 Code of the West 1934 Description / Buy
57 Knights of the Range 1936 Description / Buy
58 Outlaws of Palouse 1936 Description / Buy
59 King of the Royal Mounted and the Great Jewel Mystery 1937 Description / Buy
60 Western Union 1939 Description / Buy
61 Twin Sombreros 1940 Description / Buy
62 30,000 on the Hoof 1940 Description / Buy
63 Wilderness Trek 1944 Description / Buy
64 Shadow on the Trail 1946 Description / Buy
65 Valley Of Wild Horses 1947 Description / Buy
66 The Maverick Queen 1950 Description / Buy
67 THE ROARING U.P.TRAIL 1952 Description / Buy
68 Black Mesa 1955 Description / Buy
69 Stranger from the Tonto 1956 Description / Buy
70 The Fugitive Trail 1957 Description / Buy
71 The Arizona Clan 1958 Description / Buy
72 Horse Heaven Hill 1959 Description / Buy
73 Boulder Dam 1963 Description / Buy
74 Prairie Gold 1965 Description / Buy
75 Vanishing Indian 1968 Description / Buy
76 Arizona Clan 1971 Description / Buy
77 Raiders of the Spanish Peaks 1972 Description / Buy
78 The Last Ranger 1974 Description / Buy
79 Nassau, Cuba, Yucatan, Mexico (Short Story) 1976 Description / Buy
80 Hoods 1976 Description / Buy
81 The Adventures Of Finspot (Short Story) 1976 Description / Buy
82 The Reef Girl 1977 Description / Buy
83 Captives of the Desert 1977 Description / Buy
84 The Buffalo Hunter 1978 Description / Buy
85 Shark 1978 Description / Buy
86 The Big Land 1978 Description / Buy
87 Dark Heritage 1980 Description / Buy
88 The Lord of Lackawaxen Creek 1981 Description / Buy
89 Riders of Vengeance 1981 Description / Buy
90 Lost In The Never Never 1982 Description / Buy
91 Tenderfoot 1982 Description / Buy
92 Tex Thorne Comes Out of the West 1988 Description / Buy
93 Yaqui 1988 Description / Buy
94 George Washington, Frontiersman 1990 Description / Buy
95 Last of the Great Scouts 1996 Description / Buy
96 Rangers of the Lone Star 1997 Description / Buy
97 Woman of the Frontier 1998 Description / Buy
98 The Last of the Duanes 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Zane Grey Short Story Collections

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1 The Redheaded Outfield 1920 Description / Buy
2 The Wolf Tracker and Other Animal Tales 1923 Description / Buy
3 Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas 1925 Description / Buy
4 The Ranger and Other Stories 1926 Description / Buy
5 Blue Feather and Other Stories 1934 Description / Buy
6 Bernardo's Revenge & Other Western Yarns 1976 Description / Buy
7 The Savage Kingdom 1978 Description / Buy
8 The Camp Robber and Other Stories 1979 Description / Buy
9 Tales From A Fisherman's Log (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
10 The Westerners 1980 Description / Buy
11 Tales of Freshwater Fishing 1980 Description / Buy
12 Amber's Mirage and Other Stories 1983 Description / Buy
13 The Secret of Quaking Asp Cabin and Other Stories 1983 Description / Buy
14 Undiscovered Zane Grey Fishing Stories 1983 Description / Buy
15 Zane Grey's Greatest Animal Stories 1984 Description / Buy
16 Tigre and Other Stories 1988 Description / Buy
17 Avalanche, and Other Stories 1988 Description / Buy
18 Best Western Stories 1989 Description / Buy
19 Seafishing Yarns 1991 Description / Buy
20 Silvermane And Other Stories 1991 Description / Buy
21 Tales of Swordfish and Tuna 1992 Description / Buy
22 Tales of Tahitian Waters 1999 Description / Buy
23 Tales of Southern Rivers 2000 Description / Buy
24 Tales of Fishing Virgin Sea 2000 Description / Buy
25 Rangle River 2001 Description / Buy
26 Tales of the Great Game Fish 2003 Description / Buy
27 Silvermane 2013 Description / Buy
28 Tales of Florida Fishes 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Zane Grey Non-Fiction Books

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1 An American Angler in Australia 1976 Description / Buy
2 Tales of the Angler's Eldorado 1984 Description / Buy
3 Zane Grey's Book of Camp and Trails 1988 Description / Buy
4 Zane Grey on Fishing 2003 Description / Buy

Zane Grey Anthologies

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1 A Century of Great Western Stories 2001 Description / Buy
2 The Golden West 2003 Description / Buy
3 The Untamed West 2004 Description / Buy
4 The Lawless West 2007 Description / Buy
5 Three Classic Westerns 2013 Description / Buy
6 TRAILIN' WEST 2016 Description / Buy
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As a child, the author was quite athletic. He also loved history but sports consumed quite a bit of his time, especially baseball. Though he had a loving mother, Zane’s father was a strict man that used severe beatings to keep him in line.

This punishment turned him into a violent boy that was always getting into brawls. But he wasn’t defined by this behavior. When he wasn’t fishing, playing baseball or hanging out with an old man that encouraged his interests, Zane could be found reading and writing.

The boy grew up reading Robinson Crusoe, Leatherstocking tales, Buffalo Bill stories and the like. Zane would have taken to writing at a much younger age but his father wasn’t particularly supportive.

Lewis Grey took the first story his son ever wrote (Jim of the Cave) and ripped it to shreds before delivering another severe beating. The man taught Zane what he could of his trade. Once they moved to Columbus, Ohio, the boy started making house calls and removing teeth.

He might have pursued dentistry for several more years if the state board hadn’t intervened. Following a stint as an usher in a theater, Zane drew the attention of a baseball scout. Before long, a baseball scholarship allowed him to attend the University of Pennsylvania.

A solid hitter and pitcher, Zane proved to be quite the asset for his baseball team. But he was barely passing his classes. Antisocial like his father, Zane stood out. Despite his athletic prowess, he spent quite a bit of time writing poetry.

For a time, the young man considered becoming either a writer or a baseball player. But he settled on dentistry despite his abysmal grades because it made practical sense. Interestingly enough, after graduating, Zane Grey positioned his practice in New York because he knew that it was a publishing hub.

He found time to write in the evening but his abilities were still lacking. He met Dolly in 1900, eventually marrying her in 1905. Though, he was quite clear that he loved women too much to ever remain faithful to her.

Dolly came from a family of physicians. Following their marriage, the author abandoned dentistry. Dolly had a sizable inheritance that kept them afloat while Zane pursued his writing dreams. Even though she had three children to care for, Dolly found the time to also manage Zane’s career.

The emotional support she offered was only surpassed by her editorial skills and business sense. Once his writing efforts started to bear fruit, the couple shared the resulting profits equally. This was proof that, despite his infidelities, Zane loved and respected his wife.

He garnered a reputation for writing novels that painted a romanticized but violent picture of the West. Critics hated his fanciful depictions and larger-than-life characters. But the readers loved him. The fact that he became one of the first millionaire authors proves as much,

Zane Grey Books into Movies

Roughly fifty of the author’s books were adapted into over a hundred live-action Westerns. That includes ‘The Lone Star Ranger’ and ‘Riders of the Purple sage’.

Best Zane Grey Books

Zane Grey has been credited with creating the myths that everyone associates with the Old West, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

Valley of the Wild Horses: Panhandle was a happy boy. He lived in harsh lands but he found satisfaction in the work he did. A scrape with the wrong person changed everything. Panhandle grew up, went to Montana and made a name for himself for all the wrong reasons.

He eventually made his way back home only to find that his father had been swindled and Dick Hardman, his greatest enemy, was trying to force the girl he loved to marry him. Now Pandhandle is out for justice.

The Last Trail: This story from Zane Grey takes place in the Ohio Valley. It follows a young 16-year-old girl who has just moved into a community of white settlers. Times are hard. Conflicts with the native Americans are rife but the Indians are not the only enemy in the vicinity. Plenty of white men are up to no good.

A central aspect of this novel is the love between the 16-year-old and a silent border man that is too busy doing his job to notice her.

When Does The Next Zane Grey book come out?

Zane Grey doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Trail Driver and was released on November, 29th 2016.

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