HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Zane Grey, born 31 January 1872
“I love my work, but do not know how I write it.”
It seems extraordinary that a man whose first name was Pearl should have ended up writing Westerns and making his name as a ‘tough guy’ of literature – big game fisherman, baseball player, dentist, womaniser and adventurer. However, the name of ‘Pearl’ was soon dropped and he became famous around the world as ‘Zane Grey’ after publishing Riders of the Purple Sage in 1912.
I’m not a fan of Westerns. Are many women? I’d be interested in feedback, as I know no women who read Westerns. In fact, I do wonder how many men read Westerns today, or is it just something our fathers and grandfathers did when they were little? Certainly Zane Grey had many readers, as he became one of the first millionaire authors.
Many of his books were filmed, which added to his popularity, and today his former home is a museum and various parks and buildings have been named in his honour. But I do wonder how many people will have heard of Zane Grey in another 50 years.
Zane Grey died on 23 October 1939, aged 67.
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