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Zane Grey and Images of the American West
Kevin S. Blake
Vol. 85, No. 2 (Apr., 1995), pp. 202-216
Published by: American Geographical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/216063
Page Count: 15
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Novels by Zane Grey crystallized a set of symbols for the American West in the minds of his millions of readers. He infused the frontier myth with vivid imagery of a sublime and beautiful landscape inhabited by heroic cowboys, deadly gunmen, polygamous Mormons, and noble Indians. He also localized the myth in and along the southern margin of the Colorado Plateau, so that this landscape became the quintessential West. By extending his version into the 1930s, Grey encouraged the belief that the Wild West persisted well into the twentieth century.
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