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Mon December 03, 2012
Zane Grey's West Society to Publish a Centennial Edition of Riders of the Purple Sage
by Terry Bolinger, ZGWS

Since 2012 is the Centennial of the publishing of Grey's most famous novel, Riders of the Purple Sage, the ZGWS has undertaken a project to publish a Centennial Edition of Riders. The book will publish the text of Riders exactly as it was published by Harpers in 1912, down to the lines and pagination.

In addition, the book will include additional content authored by experts from the ZGWS, Dr. Joe Wheeler, founder and executive director of the Society, has authored an essay on the importance of Riders to the Western novel. Todd Newport, past president of the Society, talks about Grey's love of the outdoors. Chuck Pfeiffer and Zen Ervin present a paper on the Geography of Riders. Bob Lentz discusses the movies made of Riders. And, Marian Coombs provides a biography of Grey.

The Society has attempted to match the book cover, and the dust jacket on the book, realizing that many materials and techniques have changed over the last 100 years. The book has been published with a very limited print run of 300 copies. With the additional content, this book is a true first edition and a work that any Zane Grey collector would truly love to have in their collection. Pre-ordered books should be shipped before Christmas 2012.

Members should contact Sheryle Hodapp to reserve their copy. Once members have purchased their copies, any remaining books will be made available to the general public through various venues.

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