Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey (Heathen Edition)

Riders of the Purple Sage

Spine #34
Zane Grey
First Edition
Heathen Edition
February 22, 2023
Heathen Genera
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With wonderful distinctness Jane Withersteen heard her own clear voice. She heard the water murmur at her feet and flow on to the sea; she heard the rushing of all the waters in the world. They filled her ears with low, unreal murmurings—these sounds that deadened her brain and yet could not break the long and terrible silence. Then, from somewhere—from an immeasurable distance—came a slow, guarded, clinking, clanking step. Into her it shot electrifying life. It released the weight upon her numbed eyelids. Lifting her eyes she saw—ashen, shaken, stricken—not the Bishop but the man! And beyond him, from round the corner came that soft, silvery step. A long black boot with a gleaming spur swept into sight—and then Lassiter!

Zane Grey (1872–1939) was a prolific American author whose idealization of the American frontier gave rise to a new literary genre: the western. In 1912 he published his best-selling book, Riders of the Purple Sage, which many claim to be both the most popular western novel of all time and the story responsible for singularly shaping the genre’s formula. Set in the canyon country of southern Utah, 1871 — whose landscape is rendered with such vividness it becomes a character in its own right — the story tells of Venters, a gentile fed up with Mormon pretense; Lassiter, a renowned, roving gunslinger on a mission; and Jane Withersteen, a Mormon woman torn between religious duty, familial legacy, and the yearnings of her heart, who strives to maintain peace within the local Mormon community, led by the oppressive Bishop Dyer, after she refuses to marry the rapacious Elder Tull.
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