Riders of the Purple Sage

Riders of the Purple Sage

Told 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.”

Title:Riders of the Purple Sage
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780812966121
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  • Christopher

    I've been bamboozled! Duped! Hoodwinked! Fraudulated! Deceived! I've fallen victim to tomfoolery! Shenanigans! Monkeyshines! Nefarious antics! (What's that? Yes, I do own a thesaurus. Why do you ask?)...

  • El

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  • Lyn

    Reading Zane Grey’s 1912 Riders of the Purple Sage is a little bit disconcerting.Expecting a western, and it is, I also got an illustration of religious intolerance and prejudice. Set in Utah in the...

  • Duane

    There are hundreds of novels written in the genre of "American Westerns", most of them written in the first half of the 20th century. Riders of the Purple Sage may be the best of the group. Many peopl...

  • Scott Rhee

    Zane Grey's "Riders of the Purple Sage" is probably one of the most famous westerns ever written, but, despite its popularity since it was first published in 1912, the book may not hold as significant...

  • Lewis Weinstein

    Set in 1871, published in 1912. This story is far more than a western adventure, although it is surely that. There are deep and tender relationships among the characters, including impressive and movi...

  • Henry Avila

    Lassiter is a very angry man.His sister and only living relative, disappears from her home in Texas. (The only person he loves in the world) Kidnapped? Who knows,but the brother will search as long as...

  • Ted

    This isn't really a review, because the only thing I remember about this book is that I read it over fifty years ago. Probably ought to read it again, I'm sure it would be fun. Better yet (?) I now ...

  • Judy

    Reading a classic Western novel was a to-do on my book bucket list. I'm not sure why because I've never had a high opinion of TV or movie westerns. After finishing Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Gr...

  • Jill

    Unbelievably, painfully sappy and over-the-top melodramatic, some of which I hope was deliberate. I've never known a male to write such slushy romance. The characters are exaggerated to perfection, as...