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Traditional Westerns

Traditionally, Westerns are marked by their strong sense of place in their depictions of the American West (think cattle ranches, frontier towns), and focus on justice, grit, independence, pride, redemption, and strength. Readers might be attracted to historical detail in addition to descriptions of the landscape. Older traditional Westerns are light on graphic sex and violence and qualify as gentle reads, and - especially those from the heyday of the genre in the mid-twentieth century - sometimes succumb to outdated gender and racial stereotyping.

20th Century Authors of Traditional Westerns

21st Century Authors of Traditional Westerns

Literary Westerns

More modern literary westerns go beyond shoot-‘em-ups and cattle drives to introduce nuance to the traditional tropes, while maintaining the core focus on defining morality, a strong sense of place, and rugged characters. They can also demonstrate the frontier mindset as it survives - or attempts to - in modern times. These Westerns may contain more graphic violence or sexual scenes than older traditional titles. (The Library might shelve/classify some of these in the Fiction section rather than with the Westerns.)

    *Blood Meridian (1985) by Cormac McCarthy
    *All the Pretty Horses (1992)-first book in The Border  Trilogy
    *Lonesome Dove (1985)

Westerns by non-Western Writers

Modern Fiction about Real People

    *The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983)
    *Desperadoes (1979)-tells the story of Emmett Dalton & the Dalton Gang

Western Mystery Authors

Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box

Longmire series by Craig Johnson

Joe R. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard series

Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie

Tony Hillerman

Michael McGarrity

Loren Estleman

Western Romance Authors

Mary Connealy

Lori Copeland

Deeanne Gist

Linda Lael Miller

Diana Palmer

The Weird West

Westerns that include supernatural, horror, or science fiction elements.

  • Karen Memory (2015) by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Six-Gun Tarot (2013) by R.S. Belcher
  • The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western (1974) by Richard Brautigan
  • Territory (2007) by Emma Bull
  • The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1: Cold Dead Fingers (2011) by Cullen Bunn
  • The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, starting with The Gunslinger (1982)
  • The Arrivals (2013) by Melissa Marr
  • Iron Council (2004) by China Miéville
  • The Builders (2015) by Daniel Polansky
  • The Guns of Santa Sangre (2013) by Eric Red
  • The Doctor and the Rough Rider: a weird west tale (2012) by Mike Resnick
  • Vermilion (2015) by Molly Tanzer
  • One Night in Sixes (2014) by Arianne "Tex" Thompson

Related Nonfiction

This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind (1978) by Ivan Doig

Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (2013) by Mark Lee Gardner

Empire of the Summer Moon : Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History (2010) by S. C. Gwynne

Blood and Thunder: an Epic of the American West (2006) by Hampton Sides

Black Gun, Silver Star: the Life and Legend of Frontier Marshall Bass Reeves (2006) by Art T. Burton

Wyatt Earp, a Vigilante Life (2013) by Andrew C. Isenberg

Winning the Wild West: The Epic Saga of the American Frontier, 1800-1899 (2002) by Page Stegner

Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp (2013) by Ann Kirschner

Movies & TV - Traditional and Modern

3:10 to Yuma

True Grit (both versions)

The Searchers

The Quick and the Dead

The Revenant

No Country for Old Men

There Will Be Blood


Dances With Wolves

Brokeback Mountain

Westworld (TV)

Longmire (TV)

Deadwood (TV)

See also

True Grit Big Read list by JMRL

Rural Noir (Adults), another list by JMRL which investigates questions of justice and independence, frequently revenge-driven, has strong characters, set in a distinctive American landscape

The Spur Awards, awarded by Western Writers of America

Western Heritage Awards, awarded by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Willa Awards, for “women’s stories set in the West”

Peacemaker Awards