Riders of the Purple Sage

Riders of the Purple Sage

Read the western classic that started it all.

The definitive edition.

• Features an extended biography of the life and experiences of Pearl Zane Grey

Hop on board this galloping Western tale that touches on humanity, loyalty, religion and the conflicts of old-fashioned prejudice. Jane Withersteen is a young lady coming into her own within the confining limits afforded her within the polygamous Mormon fundamentalist church. She has a mind of her own, however.

When Elder Tull, the church’s leader, makes his intention to take her as another one of his wives known, Jane is forced to come to grips with the inherent evil she has grown up turning a blind eye to. To this end, she turns to some of the church’s most rabid enemies as an unlikely source of aid.

“It’s a bad plan. You’ll kill the burros in two days.”
“Then we’ll walk.”

With the church’s ruthless methods of dealing with dissenters being no secret, the stakes are high for those willing to show any signs of rebellion. Follow Jane as she wages a war for her very own salvation from the clutches of a sickly society.

She is accompanied by a handful of friends facing their own particular challenges with the society’s prejudice. Will their blooming youth, adventurous spirits, unshakable loyalties, and irrepressible ambitions overcome the icy-hearted obstinacy before it’s too late?

Quotes from Riders of the Purple Sage:

“Under all his deathly pallor, and the blood, and the iron of seared cheek and lined brow, worked a great change. He placed both hands on the rock and then leaned his shoulder there and braced his powerful body.”

“As if her hands had been those of a child, he unclasped their clinging grip from the handles of his guns, and, pushing her away, he turned his gray face to her in one look of terrible realization and then strode off into the shadows of the cottonwoods.”

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Riders of the Purple Sage Book Information

Imprint: Sastrugi Press Classics
Author: Pearl Zane Grey
ISBN:  978-1-944986-48-3 (hardback), 978-1-944986-47-6 (paperback)
Market price: $24.95 (hardback), $13.95 (paperback)
Formats: Hardback, Paperback, eBook
Page count: 304
Title code: Book144
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About the Author

Author to the most popular western novel of all time—Riders of the Purple Sage, Zane Grey, was an American author born in the late 1800s. He is widely known for his popular adventure novels and tales associated with western literature and has a degree in dentistry. His books and short stories have been adapted into 112 films, a television series named Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater as well as two television episodes. Grey also belonged to the list of the first few millionaire authors. It was said that Grey’s novels managed to crystallize a set of symbolic beliefs for the American West in the minds of his millions of readers. Most of his books were created by spending months each year gathering experiences from his adventures and travels, be it fishing off Tahiti or a safari in Colorado. He then took these experiences as a way to share tales for annual novels, magazine articles, columns, and serialization.

Grey’s best-known book, Riders of the Purple Sage was published in 1912 and was his all-time best seller. Zane’s story was rejected by Hitchcock; however, Harper immediately took interest in it when Zane connected with the vice president. All his manuscripts were published under Harper, after Zane noticed that he had turned into a writing magnate and a household name, during the time. Riders of the Purple Sage has been credited by scores of critics as the book to set the formula for the Western Genre. He associated with Hollywood when William Fox paid Grey 2,500$ to buy the rights to Riders of the Purple Sage in 1916. Grey’s career graph worked synonymous to that of the Motion Pictures Industry.

The Rainbow Trail, published in 1915 was a sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. Riders of the Purple Sage took over the cinematic screens in 1918, 1925, 1931 and 1941. The novel was also adapted as a TV film in 1996.

His books have continued to grow and influence the entertainment media, in addition to the commercial success he has gained from his paperbacks. He is considered to have one of the most prolific author biographies in the publishing industry with scores of published titles and adaptations under his hood.

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