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Special Collection: The Works of Pearl Zane Grey (1872-1939)

Pearl Zane Grey (1872-1939), author of over 90 novels, is best known for his best-selling book “Riders of the Purple Sage”. Writing from personal knowledge of the western United States, his western novels feature fishing and hunting, along with horse and cattle rustling, water wars and land speculation. His novels and story lines became the source of 112 movies, several feature comic books, serial magazine articles, and the TV series “Zane Grey Theater”. In other endeavors, Zane Grey was an avid sports fisherman, writing many books on the subject, and he participated in the development of sports fishing clubs in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Information on Zane Grey:


Photograph of Zane Grey with a group of men sitting on the ground in front of their horses, September 1918.
—Claire Wilhelm collection, Brigham Young University.


Unmarked works which are hyperlinked are available on Faded Page.

Works marked with a * are currently under development at Distributed Proofreaders Canada and will be made available over the next few months.

Works marked with a † are available on the Project Gutenberg US site.

Works marked with a ‡ are available on the Project Gutenberg Australia site.

Works marked with a § are available at Roy Glashin’s Library site.

Bibliography derived from wikipedia

  1. Betty Zane (1903)

  2. Spirit of the Border (1906): Sequel to Betty Zane

  3. The Last of the Plainsmen (1908): Inspired by Charles “Buffalo” Jones

  4. The Last Trail (1906): Sequel to Spirit of the Border

  5. The Short Stop (1906)

  6. The Heritage of the Desert (1910)

  7. The Young Forester (1910)

  8. The Young Pitcher (1911)

  9. The Young Lion Hunter (1911)

  10. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

  11. Ken Ward in the Jungle (1912)

  12. Desert Gold (1913): Republished in unabridged form as Shower of Gold in 2007.

  13. The Light of Western Stars (1914)

  14. The Rustlers of Pecos County (1914)

  15. The Lone Star Ranger: A Romance of the Border (1915): Republished in unabridged form as Last of the Duanes in 1996.

  16. The Rainbow Trail (1915): Sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage; republished in unabridged form as The Desert Crucible in 2003

  17. The Border Legion (1916)

  18. Wildfire (1917)

  19. The U. P. Trail (1918): Republished as Union Pacific

  20. The Desert of Wheat (1919)

  21. Tales of Fishes (1919)

    • Verses
    • Byme-by-Tarpon
    • The Island of the Dead
    • The Royal Purple Game of the Sea
    • Two Fights with Swordfish
    • Sailfish
    • Gulf Stream Fishing
    • Bonefish
    • Some Rare Fish
    • Swordfish
    • The Gladiator of the Sea
    • Seven Marlin Swordfish in One Day
    • Random Notes
    • Big Tuna
    • Avalon, the Beautiful
  22. The Man of the Forest (1920): Republished as Dorn of the Mountains

  23. The Redheaded Outfield and other Baseball Stories (1920)

    • The Redheaded Outfield
    • The Rube
    • The Rube’s Pennant
    • The Rube’s Honeymoon
    • The Rube’s Waterloo
    • Breaking into Fast Company
    • The Knocker
    • The Winning Ball
    • False Colors
    • The Manager of Madden’s Hill
    • Old Well-Well
  24. The Mysterious Rider (1921)

  25. To the Last Man (1921): Republished in unabridged form as Tonto Basin in 2004.

  26. The Day of the Beast (1922)

  27. Tales of Lonely Trails (1922)

    • Nonnezoshe
    • Colorado Trails
    • Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon
    • Tonto Basin
    • Death Valley
  28. Wanderer of the Wasteland (1923)

  29. Tappan’s Burro (1923)

  30. Tappan’s Burro and Other Stories (1923)

    • Tappan’s Burro
    • The Great Slave
    • Yaqui
    • Tigre: Published Munsey’s Magazine, September 1912.
    • The Rubber Hunter
  31. The Call of the Canyon (1924)

  32. Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon (1924)

  33. Tales of Southern Rivers (1924)

  34. The Thundering Herd (1925): Republished as Buffalo Stampede.

  35. Captives of the Desert (1925): Published serially under the title of Desert Bound in McCall’s Magazine.

  36. The Vanishing American (1926): Originally serialized in Ladies Home Journal, 1922.

  37. Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas (1925)

  38. Under the Tonto Rim (1926)

  39. Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado, New Zealand (1926)

  40. Forlorn River (1927)

  41. Tales of Swordfish and Tuna (1927)

  42. Nevada: A Romance of the West (1928): Sequel to Forlorn River

  43. Wild Horse Mesa (1928)

  44. Don, the Story of a Lion Dog (1928): Published in Harper’s Magazine 1925.

  45. § Avalanche (1928)

  46. Tales of Fresh Water Fishing (1928)

  47. Fighting Caravans (1929)

  48. Stairs of Sand (1929)

  49. The Wolf Tracker (1930)

  50. The Shepherd of Guadaloupe (1930)

  51. Sunset Pass (1931)

  52. Tales of Tahitian Waters (1931)

  53. Book of Camps and Trails (1931): Partial re-print of Tales of Lonely Trails.

  54. Arizona Ames (1932)

  55. Robbers’ Roost (1932)

  56. The Drift Fence (1933)

  57. The Hash Knife Outfit (1933): Sequel to The Drift Fence; serial version published in Collier’s Weekly under the title The Yellow Jacket Feud.

  58. The Code of the West (1934)

  59. Thunder Mountain (1935)

  60. The Trail Driver (1936)

  61. The Lost Wagon Train (1936)

  62. West of the Pecos (1937)

  63. An American Angler in Australia (1937)

  64. Raiders of Spanish Peaks (1938)

  65. * Western Union (1939)

  66. Knights of the Range (1936)

  67. Thirty Thousand on the Hoof (1940): Republished as Woman of the Frontier.

  68. Twin Sombreros (1940): Sequel to Knights of the Range

  69. Majesty’s Rancho (1942): Sequel to Light of Western Stars

  70. Omnibus (1943)

  71. * Stairs of Sand (1943): Sequel to Wanderer of the Wasteland

  72. The Wilderness Trek (1944)

  73. Shadow on the Trail (1946)

  74. Valley of Wild Horses (1947)

  75. Rogue River Feud (1948): Published serially under the title of Rustlers of Silver River

  76. The Deer Stalker (1949)

  77. The Maverick Queen (1950)

  78. The Dude Ranger (1951)

  79. Adventures in Fishing (1952)

  80. Wyoming (1953)

  81. Lost Pueblo (1954)

  82. Black Mesa (1955)

  83. Stranger from the Tonto (1956)

  84. The Fugitive Trail (1957)

  85. Arizona Clan (1958)

  86. Horse Heaven Hill (1959)

  87. The Ranger and Other Stories (1960)

    • The Ranger
    • Canyon Walls
    • Avalanche
    • From Missouri
  88. Blue Feather and Other Stories (1961)

    • Blue Feather
    • The Horse Thief
    • Quaking-Asp Cabin
  89. Boulder Dam (1963)

    All following books may still be under copyright

  90. The Adventures of Finspot (1974)

  91. Zane Grey’s Greatest Indian Stories (1975): Includes original ending to The Vanishing American (1925)

  92. The Reef Girl (1977)

  93. Tales from a Fisherman’s Log (1978)

  94. The Camp Robber and Other Stories (1979)

  95. The Lord of Lackawaxen Creek (1981)

  96. Angler’s Eldorado: Zane Grey in New Zealand (1982): Partial reprint of 1926 edition (first 10 chapters, plus additional content)

  97. Lost in the Never Never (1982): And “Silvermane” in same vol.

  98. George Washington, Frontiersman (1994)

  99. Last of the Duanes (1996): Unabridged version of The Lone Star Ranger (1915)

  100. The Desert Crucible (2003): Unabridged version of The Rainbow Trail (1915)

  101. Tonto Basin (2004): Unabridged version of To the Last Man (1921)

  102. Shower of Gold (2007): Unabridged version of Desert Gold (1915)

  103. The Great Trek (2008): Unabridged version of The Wilderness Trek (1944) Intro: An abbreviated version of this tale called The Wilderness Trek was published in 1944, although the original novel was written in 1937 after the author’s 1935 visit to Australia.

  104. Tales of the Gladiator (2009)

  105. Tales of Florida Fishes (2016): Compilation of fishing stories.