Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane GreyTold by a master storyteller who, according to critic Russell Nye, “combined adventure, action, violence, crisis, conflict, sentimentalism, and sex in an extremely shrewd mixture,” Riders of the Purple Sage is a classic of the Western genre. It is the story of Lassiter, a gunslinging avenger in black, who shows up in a remote Utah town just in time to save the young and beautiful rancher Jane Withersteen from having to marry a Mormon elder against her will. Lassiter is on his own quest, one that ends when he discovers a secret grave on Jane’s grounds. “[Zane Grey’s] popularity was neither accidental nor undeserved,” wrote Nye. “Few popular novelists have possessed such a grasp of what the public wanted and few have developed Grey’s skill at supplying it.”
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After Romer Grey's death, second son Dr. Loren Zane Grey  worked with other writers to produce a second series of Lassiter books published under Loren's name. In Southern Utah in — Before he dies, Jane Withersteen's father decides that she should marry a powerful elder of the Mormon church; but since Tull is a polygamist, she refuses. The churchmen want control of her ranch, and so arrest one of her cowhands, Bern Venters, as pressure to marry; but Venters is rescued by vagabond gunfighter Jim Lassiter. Jane's herd is then rustled; the cowhands kill several of the rustlers, and Venters wounds the Masked Rider, who turns out to be a girl named Bess.
Oh yes! Looking forward to some of the new 'modern' westerns coming out this year too Sunday, September 01, Riders of the Purple Sage. My library has it in large print, newly reprinted in an "American Classics" series. This was written in , but set in , taking place in the canyons and highlands of Southwest Utah.
Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. Lassiter discovers the judge Barrat who cheated his neice of her inheritance leads a gang of badguys posing as vigilantes. Lassiter's sister was killed and her young daughter taken and raised by outlaws. Years later Lassiter arrives at the Withersteen ranch looking for the now grown daughter.
Considered by scholars  to have played a significant role in shaping the formula of the popular Western genre, the novel has been called "the most popular western novel of all time. Elder Tull, a polygamist  with two wives already, wishes to have Jane for a third wife, along with her estate. Southern Utah canyon country, The influx of Mormon settlers from to serves as a backdrop for the plot. The Mormons had been living in Kirtland, Ohio in the s, but ventured west to escape persecution, Mormons being unpopular.