Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women

Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women

Thomas H. Pauly

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 0252074920

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Zane Grey was a disappointed aspirant to major league baseball and an unhappy dentist when he belatedly decided to take up writing at the age of thirty. He went on to become the most successful American author of the 1920s, a significant figure in the early development of the film industry, and a central player in the early popularity of the Western.


Thomas H. Pauly's work is the first full-length biography of Grey to appear in over thirty years. Using a hitherto unknown trove of letters and journals, including never-before-seen photographs of his adventures--both natural and amorous--Zane Grey has greatly enlarged and radically altered the current understanding of the superstar author, whose fifty-seven novels and one hundred and thirty movies heavily influenced the world's perception of the Old West.

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his regret over not having fished. By the end of the second week, Zane has caught thirteen marlin and the fishing is so good that he hopes to catch a rare striped marlin. When he hooks a big one and it bolts in dramatic jumps, he is convinced he has done so, but it breaks free and he laments, “There was no disregarding my bad luck. The loss affected me deeply, as my most cherished ambition for New Zealand waters was to catch one of those great Marlin” (77). When Mitchell lands a 685-pound black

had been the company’s secretary, became its first vice president, a position he retained through three rapid turnovers of presidents. The extension of the line’s service to Tampico resulted from these developments, and Tarpon was used as promotion for it. 73. Recently, several pages from Dolly’s journal of this trip were auctioned by Butterfield’s (December 11, 1997, lot no. 8286). The location of the journal itself is currently unknown. Dolly’s earlier return is confirmed by a letter from

sold the rights to the first two Grey novels, and the October 1916 date when the rights to the other three were no longer available. 16. Zane Grey, Postcard to Robert Davis, [1915?] (NYPL). 17. Zane Grey, Letter to Robert Davis, November 26, 1915 (NYPL). 18. Slide, Big V, 67–68. Hampton described these efforts in his History of the Movies, 146–69. 19. This important chapter in Paramount’s history has not been much discussed nor well documented. This summary has been derived from Irwin, House

for OAC the next season, Grey shifted his priority to dentistry. He moved to New York City and opened a cramped office at 117 W. Twenty-first Street. This was an impoverished area of the city heavily populated with immigrants who came to him with acute dental problems and little money. Because their income was meager, his was too. During this period, he was so destitute that he once went four days without eating. He withdrew into his office to avoid the congestion and squalor outside, and he went

sensitive spot” that made breathing difficult. This physical ailment is accompanied by an “old settled bitterness” that erodes his wish to live. This vague illness conflated Grey’s own discontents, disappointments, and depressions into ones commonplace in the East and already associated with its formality, development, and crowding. Conversely, Hare’s experience out West was sufficiently connected to emergent assumptions about the Southwest’s climate, awesome scenery, and lack of development to

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