Zane Grey is widely and justifiably considered "the father of the western," as he published nearly one hundred books, most of them novels of the American frontier. His fiction spanned the decades from the Revolutionary War, as in the biographical Betty Zane, to the turmoil-filled years of the Civil War and the post-war period of westward expansion. Grey's best-known work may be the classic Riders of the Purple Sage, which has been adapted for film five times (most recently in 1996). More than 100 films have been based on Grey's works, beginning in the silent film era and continuing into modern times; including both The U.P. Trail and The Call of the Canyon. It's estimated that more than 40 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide.
"A story that flows as swiftly and irresistibly as the Colorado River. His West is the rainbow land we visit in spirit when the job palls. The wild, lonely, fearfully beautiful Arizona desert has never been better done."--The New York Times on The Call of the Canyon"It is the railroad that is the center of interest, that is both hero and heroine. Grey's pictures of the slow, determined, thwarted, triumphant progress of the line are vivid and thrilling, unforgettable."--The New York Times on The U.P. Trail