Zane Grey - The Arizona Connection and Best Selling Books

Here are some of the best selling books written by Zane Grey. About 60 of the 90 books that he wrote were Westerns, and he and his family had a cabin near Payson, Arizona.

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About Zane Grey

Zane Grey
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Zane Grey's novels are still popular today. Within two hours from Phoenix, near the cool pines in Payson, Arizona, you can visit the re-created version of his cabin. According to the Town of Payson website, "The original Zane Grey Cabin was built in its remote location in the early 1920’s. Prior to being destroyed by the Dude Fire in 1990, it was a favorite historical destination for over 20,000 visitors a year."

Inside the reconstructed cabin, you'll find rooms that are furnished in the manner in which we imagine that Zane Grey lived and wrote.

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Riders of the Purple Sage

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This is the most recognized title of all the novels that Zane Grey wrote. Riders of the Purple Sage was the first of Zane Grey's many best-sellers. It was published in 1912. In this story a young woman tried to fight off cattle rustlers who threaten her ranch. A stranger comes to her aid. It is available in paperback, hardcover, eBook and audio CD.

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The Man of the Forest

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Living alone in a camp in the wilderness called Paradise Park, Milt Dale prefers the company of bears, cougars, and wolves to that of the surrounding ranchers and troublemakers. But one day he overhears a conversation that convinces him to leave his wild paradise to save a young woman.

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Rangers of the Lone Star

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This novel is Zane Grey's only Western written in first person. The story revolves around U.S. Deputy Marshall Russ Sitwell's efforts to help a Texas Ranger clean up a lawless cattle-rustling town.

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To The Last Man: A Story of the Pleasant Valley War

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A story of an old-fashioned blood feud. There's the rivalry between cattlemen and sheepherders, and there are two lovers are caught in the middle.

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The Desert of Wheat

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A story of a young farmer trying to decide whether to go to France to fight the Germans or remain at home to protect the woman he loves and his wheat crop.

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Wanderer of the Wasteland

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Adam Laret, big, young and headstrong, was blindly fleeing his scheming, gambling brother and the woman that was stolen from him. After being hunted down, Adam committed the ultimate crime and then traveled into the desert to atone for his sins.

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Betty Zane

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Inspired by the life his great-great grandmother, this was was Zane Grey's first novel. It is the story of the events leading up to the last battle of the American Revolution.

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Find More Novels by Zane Grey

There are plenty more stories of the old west written by Arizona's Zane Grey!

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