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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gentle reads, and - especially those from the heyday of the genre in the mid-twentieth century - sometimes succumb to outdated gender and racial stereotyping.
 
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gentle reads, and - especially those from the heyday of the genre in the mid-twentieth century - sometimes succumb to outdated gender and racial stereotyping.
  
*Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) by Zane Grey
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*Hondo (1953) by Louis L’Amour
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?riders+purple+sage+grey+zane'''''Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)by Zane Grey''''']
*The Virginian (1902) by Owen Wister
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?hondo+L'Amour+louis '''''Hondo (1953) by Louis L'Amour''''']
*Warlock (1958) by Oakley Hall
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+virginian+wister+owen '''''The Virginian (1902) by Owen Wister''''']
*The Big Sky (1947) by A.B. Guthrie Jr.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?warlock+hall+oakley '''''Warlock (1958) by Oakley Hall''''']
*The Ox-Bow Incident (1940) by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+big+sky+Guthrie+A+B '''''The Big Sky(1947) by A.B. Guthrie''''']
*The Shootist (1975) by Glendon Swarthout
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+ox-bow+incident+van+tilburg+clark '''''The Ox-Bow Incident (1940) by Walter Van Tilburg Clark''''']
*The Brave Cowboy (1956) by Edward Abbey
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+shootist+swarthout+glendon '''''The Shootist (1975) by Glendon Swarthout''''']
*The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1935) by B. Traven
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+treasure+sierra+madre+b+traven '''''The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1935) by B. Traven''''']
*Dakota Kill (2000) by Peter Brandvold
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?dakota+kill+brandvold+peter '''''Dakota Kill (2000) by Peter Brandvold''''']
*Fool's Gold (2003) Ken Hodgson
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?fool's+gold+hodgson+ken '''''Fool's Gold (2003) by Ken Hodgson''''']
  
 
==20th Century Authors of Traditional Westerns==
 
==20th Century Authors of Traditional Westerns==
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==21st Century Authors of Traditional Westerns==
 
==21st Century Authors of Traditional Westerns==
  
*Johnny D. Boggs
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?boggs+johnny+d Johnny D. Boggs]
*Robert B. Parker/Robert Knott
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?parker+robert+b Robert B. Parker]
*Bill Brooks
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?knott+robert Robert Knott]
*Robert Conley
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?brooks+bill Bill Brooks]
*John D. Nesbitt
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?conley+robert Robert Conley]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?nesbitt+john+d John D Nesbitt]
  
 
=Literary Westerns=
 
=Literary Westerns=
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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.)
 
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.)
  
*Five Skies (2007) by Ron Carlson
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?five+skies+carlson '''''Five Skies (2007) by Ron Carlson''''']
*Stories by Jane Candia Coleman
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?stories+coleman+jane '''''Stories by Jane Candia Coleman''''']
*The Diary of Mattie Spenser (1997) by Sandra Dallas
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+diary+of+mattie+spenser+dallas '''''The Diary of Mattie Spenser (1977) by Sandra Dallas''''']
*The Sisters Brothers (2011) by Patrick DeWitt  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+sisters+brothers+dewitt '''''The Sisters Brothers (2011) by Patrick DeWitt''''']
*In The Distance (2017) by Hernan Diaz
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?in+the+distance+diaz '''''In the Distance (2017) by Hernan Diaz''''']
*The Whistling Season (2006) by Ivan Doig
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+whistling+season+doig '''''The Whistling Season (2006) by Ivan Doig''''']
*A Sudden Country (2005) by Karen Fisher
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?a+sudden+country '''''A Sudden Country (2005) by Karen Fisher''''']
*Snow Mountain Passage (2001) by James D. Houston
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?snow+mountain+passage+houston '''''Snow Mountain Passage (2001) by James D. Houston''''']
*News of the World (2016) by Paulette Jiles
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?news+of+the+world+jiles '''''News of the World (2016) by Paulette Jiles''''']
*The Weight of an Infinite Sky (2018) by Carrie La Seur - a re-telling of Hamlet on a Montana cattle ranch
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+weight+of+an+infinite+sky '''''The Weight of an Infinite Sky (2018) by Carrie La Seur''''']
*Cormac McCarthy
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?mccarthy+cormac '''''Cormac McCarthy''''']
**Blood Meridian (1985)  
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?blood+meridian+mccarthy '''''Blood Meridian (1985)''''']
**All the Pretty Horses (1992) - first book in The Border Trilogy
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?all+the+pretty+horses+mccarthy '''''All the Pretty Horses (1992)- first book in The Border Trilogy''''']
*Larry McMurtry
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?mcmurtry+larry '''''Larry McMurtry''''']
**Lonesome Dove (1985)  
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lonesome+dove+mcmurtry '''''Lonesome Dove (1985) by Larry McMurtry''''']
**Horseman, Pass By (1961)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+son+meyer '''''The Son (2013) by Philipp Meyer''''']
*The Son (2013) by Philipp Meyer
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?true+grit+portis '''''True Grit (1968) by Charles Portis''''']
*True Grit (1968) by Charles Portis
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?wyoming+stories+proulx '''''Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx- collected in Close Range (1999) and Bad Dirt (2004); includes Brokeback Mountain''''']
*Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx - collected in Close Range (1999) and Bad Dirt (2004); includes Brokeback Mountain
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?shane+schaefer '''''Shane (1949) by Jack Schafer''''']
*Shane (1949) by Jack Schaefer
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?letting+loose+the+hounds+stories+udall '''''Letting Loose the Hounds: Stories (2010) by Brady Udall''''']
*Letting Loose the Hounds: Stories (2010) by Brady Udall  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?a+good+man+vanderhaeghe '''''A Good Man (2011) by Guy Vanderhaeghe''''']
*A Good Man (2011) Guy Vanderhaeghe
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?butcher's+crossing+williams '''''Butcher's Crossing (1960) by John Williams''''']
*Butcher’s Crossing (1960) by John Williams
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=Westerns by non-Western Writers=
 
=Westerns by non-Western Writers=
  
Welcome to Hard Times (1960) by E. L. Doctorow
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?welcome+to+hard+times+doctorow '''''Welcome to Hard Times (1960)''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?journal+of+the+gun+years+matheson '''''Journal of the Gun Years (1991)''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?centennial+michener '''''Centennial (1974)''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?leonard+elmore Elmore Leonard started out writing Western pulp, then became much more popular as a crime fiction writer]
  
Journal of the Gun Years (1991) by Richard Matheson
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=Modern Fiction about Real People=
  
Centennial (1974) by James A. Michener
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?doc+russell '''''Doc (2011) by Mary Doria Russell'''''] - fictionalized biography of "Doc" Henry Holliday, and his friendship with Wyatt Earp.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hansen+ron Ron Hansen]
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+assassination+of+jesse+james+hansen '''''The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983)''''']
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**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?desperadoes+hansen '''''Desperadoes (1979)'''''] - tells the story of Emmett Dalton & the Dalton Gang
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?deadwood+dexter '''''Deadwood (1986) by Pete Dexter'''''] - follows the exploits of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and friends in the Dakota Territory in the 1870's
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?in+calamity's+wake+caple '''''In Calamity's Wake (2013)'''''] - the daughter of Calamity Jane seeks out her adventuring mother
  
Follow the Free Wind (1963) by Leigh Brackett
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=Western Mystery Authors=
  
Elmore Leonard started out writing WEstern pulp, then became much more popular as a crime fiction writer
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?joe+pickett+series+box '''''Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box''''']
  
=Modern Fiction about Real People=
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?longmire+series+johnson '''''Longmire Series by Craig Johnson'''''] 
  
Doc (2011) by Mary Doria Russell - fictionalized biography of “Doc” Henry Holliday, and his friendship with Wyatt Earp
+
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?hap+and+leonard+series+lansdale '''''Hap and Leonard Series by Joe R. Lansdale''''']
  
Ron Hansen
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?bad+country+mckenzie '''''Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie''''']
  
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hillerman+tony '''''Tony Hillerman''''']
  
Desperadoes (1979) - tells the story of Emmett Dalton & the Dalton Gang
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?mcgarrity+michael '''''Michael McGarrity''''']
  
Deadwood (1986) by Pete Dexter - follows the exploits of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and friends in the Dakota Territory in the 1870s
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?estleman+loren '''''Loren Estleman''''']
  
In Calamity's Wake (2013) by Natalee Caple - the daughter of Calamity Jane seeks out her adventuring mother
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=Western Romance Authors=
  
=Western Mystery Authors=
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?connealy+mary '''''Mary Connealy''''']
  
Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?copeland+lori '''''Lori Copeland''''']
  
Longmire series by Craig Johnson 
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?gist+deeanne '''''Deeanne Gist''''']
  
Joe R. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard series
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?miller+linda+lael '''''Linda Lael Miller''''']
  
Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?palmer+diana '''''Diana Palmer''''']
  
Tony Hillerman
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=The Weird West=
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''Westerns that include supernatural, horror, or science fiction elements.''
  
Michael McGarrity
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?karen+memory+bear '''''Karen Memory (2015) by Elizabeth Bear''''']
  
Loren Estleman
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+six-gun+tarot+belcher '''''The Six-Gun Tarot (2013) by R.S. Belcher''''']
  
=Western Romance Authors=
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+hawkline+monster+brautigan '''''The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western (1974) by Richard Brautigan''''']
  
Mary Connealy
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?territory+bull '''''Territory (2007) by Emma Bull''''']
  
Lori Copeland
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+sixth+gun+1+cold+dead+fingers+bunn '''''The Sixth Gun, Vol.1 Cold Dead Fingers (2011) by Cullen Bunn''''']
  
Deeanne Gist
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+dark+tower+series+king '''''The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, starting with The Gunslinger (1982)''''']
  
Linda Lael Miller
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+arrivals+marr '''''The Arrivals (2013) by Melissa Marr''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?iron+council+mieville '''''Iron Council (2004) by China Mieville ''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+builders+polansky '''''The Builders (2015) by Daniel Polansky''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+guns+of+santa+sangre+red '''''The Guns of Santa Sangre (2013) by Eric Red''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+doctor+and+rough+rider+resnick '''''The Doctor and the Rough Rider: A Weird West Tale (2012) by Mike Resnick''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?vermilion+tanzer '''''Vermilion (2015) by Molly Tanzer''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?one+night+in+sixes+thompson '''''One Night in Sixes (2014) by Arianne "Tex" Thompson''''']
  
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=
 
=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
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?this+house+of+sky+doig '''''This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind (1978) by Ivan Doig''''']
  
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
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?shot+all+to+hell+gardner '''''Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (2013) by Mark Lee Gardner''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?empire+of+the+summer+moon+gwynne '''''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''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?blood+and+thunder+sides '''''Blood and thunder: An Epic of the American West (2006) by Hampton Sides''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?black+gun+silver+star+burton '''''Black Gun, Silver Star: the Life and Legend of Frontier Marshall Bass Reeves (2006) by Art T. Burton''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?wyatt+earp+vigilante+life+isenberg '''''Wyatt Earp, a Vigilante Life (2013) by Andrew C. Isenberg''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?winning+the+wild+west+stegner ''''''Winning the Wild West: the Epic Saga of the American Frontier, 1800-1899 (2002) by Page Stegner''''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lady+at+the+o.k.+corral+kirschner '''''Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp (2013) by Anne Kirschner''''']
  
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=
 
=Movies & TV - Traditional and Modern=
3:10 to Yuma
 
  
True Grit (both versions)
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*'''''3:10 to Yuma'''''
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?true+grit+videorecording '''''True Grit''''']
  
The Searchers
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+searchers+videorecording '''''The Searchers''''']
  
The Quick and the Dead
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+quick+and+the+dead+videorecording '''''The Quick and the Dead''''']
  
The Revenant
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?the+revenant+videorecording '''''The Revenant''''']
  
No Country for Old Men
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?no+country+for+old+men+videorecording '''''No Country for Old Men''''']
  
There Will Be Blood
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*'''''There Will be Blood'''''
  
Unforgiven
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?unforgiven+eastwood+videorecording '''''Unforgiven''''']
  
Dances With Wolves
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?dances+with+wolves+videorecording '''''Dances with Wolves''''']
  
Brokeback Mountain
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?brokeback+mountain+videorecording '''''Brokeback Mountain''''']
  
Westworld (TV)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?westworld+videorecording '''''Westworld''''']
  
Longmire (TV)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?longmire+videorecording '''''Longmire''''']
  
Deadwood (TV)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?deadwood+videorecording '''''Deadwood''''']
  
 
=See also=
 
=See also=

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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.)

Westerns by non-Western Writers

Modern Fiction about Real People

Western Mystery Authors

Western Romance Authors

The Weird West

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



Related Nonfiction




Movies & TV - Traditional and Modern

  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • There Will be Blood

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