Best Westerns

Those books that embody the spirit of the Old West, the heroism, drama, and excitement of this wonderful era of American history
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810 books · 1,001 voters · list created December 19th, 2008 by Ann Keller (votes) .
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message 1: by Nina (new)

Nina Of course I had to vote for "Unsinkable Molly Brown," as that was the name of our sailboat. nina


message 2: by Roger (new)

Roger Cottrell That's an ecclectic selection of westerns. Like a lot of people, my introduction to westerns has been through movies and this has shaped my taste. Of course, most of my novels and film scripts are in fact westerns, even if they're set in places like Birmingham, the Black Country and Yorkshire mining villages during the strike.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I was very surprised not to see more Elmer Kelton!!!!!


message 4: by Roger (new)

Roger Cottrell I agree
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message 5: by Robert (new)

Robert Pampel What about Angle of Repose?


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

deleted user wrote: "I was very surprised not to see more Elmer Kelton!!!!!"

I agree, its amazing!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Both "Angle of Repose" and a few books by Elmer Kelton are now on the list! :)


message 8: by Seth (new)

Seth Packham Surprised to not see more Cormac McCarthy, especially the Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain. Glad to see Blood Meridian is high on the list. McCarthy is the greatest Western writer, in my opinion.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) "All the Pretty Horses" is on the list, too ... (currently #57).


message 10: by Manray9 (last edited Jul 01, 2016 08:37AM) (new)

Manray9 I had to add Elmer Kelton's Hewey Calloway trilogy and Monte Walsh.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) On the Road? The Grapes of Wrath? I can see where there's a case to be made to include Wallace Stegner and Tony Hillerman. But those two books ... and "spirit of the Old West?" Seriously??


message 12: by Martin (new)

Martin Gibbs This list needs more Zane Grey, too :)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Martin wrote: "This list needs more Zane Grey, too :)"

Everyone can add books -- there's a tab up top next to "all votes."


message 14: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy Cold Mountain is not Western!! It is Appalachia - mid atlantic. Please fix.


message 15: by Robert (new)

Robert Madison Here are some good Westerns Novels.
Site : http://myfivekids.hubpages.com/hub/be...


message 16: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Robinson What about "The Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner"? Many of them are connected and one is a novella.


message 17: by John (new)

John Bishop mountain man needs re-filming; jeremiah johnson didn't do it justice!(john)


message 18: by Brian (new)

Brian Maybe I have misunderstood the purpose of this list, but just because a novel takes place in the west doesn't make it a western.


message 19: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy True, the list is well defined at the top under the title. The owner of the list or a librarian can delete books that don't fit.


message 20: by Brian (new)

Brian Don't get me wrong. I love On the Road, but maybe it doesn't belong in this particular list.


message 21: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Brian wrote: "Don't get me wrong. I love On the Road, but maybe it doesn't belong in this particular list."

I have to agree with you here.


message 22: by Raymond (new)

Raymond White Martin wrote: "This list needs more Zane Grey, too :)"

I agree completely.


message 23: by Energizeddiva (new)

Energizeddiva I am glad to see Westerns making a comeback. There are some really good new authors.


message 24: by Valerie (last edited Jul 01, 2016 08:26AM) (new)


message 25: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 Valerie wrote: "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a "Western?""

I consider the term "Western" to mean fiction -- although the list maker didn't specify such. That certainly doesn't apply to Dee Brown's book.


message 26: by Richard (new)

Richard True Grit is entered more than once.


message 27: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy fixed


message 28: by Nina (new)

Nina How about "Plain Song," by Wright Morris?


message 29: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy Nina wrote: "How about "Plain Song," by Wright Morris?" You should add it if you think it fits the list Nina.


message 30: by Richard (new)

Richard MomToKippy wrote: "fixed"

thank you!


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