|Publisher:||Harper & Row|
|Tags:||fiction, western, film adaptation|
The Searchers is an excellent western novel that is loosely based on the story of Cynthia Ann Parker who was abducted by Comanches in Texas in 1836 when she was about 10 years of age....
Le May’s novel is set later in time, after the Civil War, and follows the efforts of Amos Edwards and his adopted nephew, Martin Pauley, to find 10 year-old Debbie Edwards who was abducted by Comanche in a murder raid that left the remainder of her family dead. While outwardly simplistic, the plot and the relationships among characters are extremely complex. The author’s descriptions of the beauty, vastness, and loneliness of the Plains are stunning.
This book was made into a movie of the same name and released in 1956. It was directed by John Ford and John Wayne played the lead role.—Steven Howes @ Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
|Comments:||This book was published serially under the title THE AVENGING TEXANS|
Author Bio for Le May, Alan
Alan Le May (June 3, 1899—April 27, 1964) was an American novelist and screenplay writer. Le May was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1899, and attended Stetson University in Florida and the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 1922. He went into ranching in California, but the economic upheavals of the ’30s forced him into bankruptcy. Luckily, he had his literary career to fall back on, which eventually led him to Hollywood. He began writing fiction during the ’20s, generating a novel each year for more than a decade. It was in 1940 that Hollywood beckoned, and Le May was soon working at Paramount as a specialist in adventure stories.
He wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for North West Mounted Police, Reap the Wild Wind, and Blackbeard the Pirate. He wrote the original source novel for Along Came Jones, as well as a score of other screenplays including High Lonesome which he wrote and directed. Le May also wrote and produced (but did not direct) Quebec.
By the late ’60s, his bleak, lonely vision of the West had been squeezed out by the more violent sensibilities of the Italian-made Spaghetti Westerns and the growing liberalism of audiences. Alan Le May died in 1964 after an extended illness.
With over 11 novels, 5 short story collections, over 75 uncollected short stories, and 19 screenplays, he is most remembered for two classic Western novels, The Searchers (1954) and The Unforgiven (1957). They were adapted into the motion pictures The Searchers (1956; starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and Natalie Wood and directed by John Ford) and The Unforgiven (1960; starring Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn, and directed by John Huston).
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