This collection of books focuses on fiction that has been written by authors who specialize in stories that take place in the West. These titles include Western historical fiction and tales of the American frontier. If cowboys, Native Americans, gold miners, outlaws, or those who travel to new frontiers in order to homestead are your favorite types of characters, then you are a fan of this type of fiction.
When it comes to great Western novels, remember that “the frontier” is a relative term. The earliest Westerns took place in the Appalachian Mountains since that area was once considered the great Western unknown. It wasn’t until later, the 1850s and beyond, that Westerns began to take place west of the Mississippi River. Many consider the golden age of the Historic West to have occurred for only three decades, from the end of the American Civil War to the beginning of the 20th century.
The books located on the display represent various periods of time in which the West has been represented in fiction. There are authors whom you will recognize and others who may be new to you. Along with the novels are collections of short stories written by a variety of present-day authors. These books are great reads for the summer, so take a look and move across the prairie through a work of literature. All of these Westerns and more are available for you to check out here at the Al Harris Library.