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Books – Novels and History (non-ref)

These are the Books – Novels and History (non-ref) mentioned in Old West Daily Reader. In the main, they have not been used as reference materials in The Reader, but for various reasons, the author is noted. If I note an author, I usually list a book or two in the article in WEEKS, Quotes, Photo Gallery, etc.; some may be listed in PLAYERS as well.
If the author isn’t bolded, there is no PLAYERS or WEEKS entry.
I just wanted to note the book here.

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Aleshire, Peter
Warrior Woman:
The Story of Lozen, Apache Warrior and Shaman
Indian Warrior Women (new page – coming 2019)

Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn
Doomswoman (1892)
Before the Gringo Came (1894)
The Californians (1898)
Black Oxen (1923)
California: an Intimate History
Wk. 24, 06/14/1948

Austin, Mary Hunter
The Land of Little Rain (1903),
The Arrow Maker (1911)
Experiences Facing Death (1931)
One-Smoke Stories (1934)
Wk. 33, 08/13/1934


Bellah, James Warner
Massacre (1947) short story
Command (1946) short story
Big Hunt (1947) short story
War Party (1948) short story
Mission with No Record (1947) short story
The Valiant Virginian (1953) collection
Wk. 38, 09/22/1976

Berger, Thomas
(no ref.)
Little Big Man (1964): movie 1970 – Little Big Man

Blackburn, Tom W.
Tumbleweed with Spurs (1940)
Raton Pass (1950) (novel & screenplay)
Short Grass (1950) (novel & screenplay)
Navajo Canyon (1953)
Sierra Baron (1955)
A Good Day to Die (1967)
Wk. 31, 08/02/1992

Blackwood, Algernon
A novella, by an English Horror Master.
The Wendigo (1910)
It will get your historical perspective, and your heart, up to speed.
Resources – DictionaryWendigo

Bly, Nellie
Six Months in Mexico (1888)
Wk. 04, 01/27/1922

Bonner, Thomas D.
(no ref.)
The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth:
Mountaineer, Scout, Pioneer and Chief of the Crow Nation

Borland, Hal (Harold Glen)
When the Legends Die (1963)
Sundial of the Seasons (1964)
Beyond Your Doorstep: A handbook to the Country (1971)
Wk. 08, 02/23/1978

Bossenecker, John
Shotguns and Stagecoaches: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the West. (2018)
Wk. 04, 01/22/1890 – John X. Beidler

Boyd, Carolyn
Rock Art of the Lower Pecos (2003)
The White Shaman Mural (2016)

Brand, Max
Destry Rides Again (1937?)
Black Thunder (1920′s?)
Wk. 19, 05/12/1944

Brown, Dee
(no ref.)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970)

Buchanan, Kimberly Moore
Apache Warrior Women (2000)
Indian Warrior Women
(new page – coming 2019)

Buntline, Ned
Love at First Sight (1849)
Buffalo Bill, King of the Border Men
Wk. 29, 07/16/1886


Cather, Willa
Wk. 17, 04/24/1947 – Willa Cather
Alexander’s Bridge (1912)
O Pioneers! (1913)
The Song of the Lark (1915)
My Ántonia (1918)
One of Ours (1922)
A Lost Lady (1923)
and numerous others…

Cooper, James Fenimore
(no ref.)
The Prairie (1824)

Coover, Robert
(no ref.)
Ghost Town 1998)

Crow, Chief Joseph Medicine
Crow Migration Story
Medicine Crow
Handbook of the Crow Indians Law and Treaties
Crow Indian Buffalo Jump Techniques
From the Heart of Crow Country
Wk. 27, 10/27/1913
Wk. 14, 04/03/2016

Custer, Elizabeth Bacon “Libby”
Boots and Saddles (1885)
Following the Guidon (1890)
Tenting on the Plains (1893)
Wk. 14, 04/04/1933 – Libby Custer

Custer, Lt. Colonel George Armstrong
My Life on the Plains (1872)
Wk. 26, 06/29/1867
Wk. 26, 06/25/1876
Quotes Index – Indian QuotesCuster


Darwin, Charles
On the Origin of Species (1859)
see also:
The Originals Index – Resources & Hazards – Animals Index Page – bottom of page)

Devol, George
Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi (1892)
Wk. 27, 11/01/1877 – Canada Bill Jones
Quotes Index – Gamblers Quotes (page not yet available)

DeVoto, Bernard Augustine
The Year of Decision: 1846 (1943)
Across the Wide Missouri (1947) – Pulitzer for History (1948)
The Course of Empire (1952) – National Book Award for Nonfiction (1953)
The Journals of Lewis and Clark ( 1953)
and numerous others…
Wk. 46, 11/13/1955 – Bernard Augustine DeVoto

Dexter, Pete
(no ref.)
Deadwood (1986)

Dobie, J. Frank
A Vaquero of the Brush Country (1929) [co-authored with John Young]
The Longhorns (1941)
The Mustangs
Cow People (1964)
Wk. 34, 09/18/1964

Dodd, Susan
(no ref.)
Mamaw (1988)

Dodge, Fred
(no ref.)
Undercover for Wells Fargo (Edited by Carolyn Lake – 1998)
The unvarnished recollections of Fred Dodge

Dolin, Eric Jay
author and maritime history expert
Leviathan (2007)
The History of Whaling in America
W.W. Norton & Company, 2007
Photo Gallery Index – Weapons Photos – A Whale of a Tale About Oil

Dykstra, Robert
(no ref.)
The Cattle Towns (1971)


Eastman, Dr. Charles A.
Memories of an Indian Boyhood (1902)
Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains (1918)
The Madness of Bald Eagle (1905)
Wk. 2, 01/08/1939 – Dr. Charles Eastman

Eaton, Frank B. “Pistol Pete
Veteran of the Old West: Pistol Pete
Campfire Stories: Remembrances of a Cowboy Legend.

Eyman, Scott
(no ref.)
John Wayne: The Life and Legend (04/01/2014)
Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford (2001)


Fisher, Vardis
Mountain Man  (1965) [fiction]
Wk. 51, 12/21/1972

Frantz, Joe Bertram w/ Cordelia Sloan Duke
(no ref.)
6,000 Miles of Fence: Life on the XIT Ranch of Texas (1961)

Fraser, George MacDonald
No mention in Old West Daily Reader, but fun and a good feel for the times!  {Doc}
Flashman and the Redskins (1982)
Historical fiction…

Foote, Mary Hallock
Led-Horse Claim (1883)
A Touch of Sun and Other Stories (1903)
The Valley Road (1913)
Wk. 26, 06/25/1938 – Mary Hallock Foote

Fremont, Jessie Benton
A Year of American Travel: Narrative of Personal Experience (1878)
Souvenirs of My Time (1887)
Wk. 52, 12/27/1902

Frey, Donald R.
No mention in Old West Daily Reader, Just a very good story. – Doc
Medicine (2006)


Gaiter, Leonce
Rufus Buck Farewell note - Novels and History (non-ref)I dreamt I was In Heaven
The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang
Wk. 26, 07/01/1996

Glenn, Shirley
The Fighting Marlows: Men Who Wouldn’t Be Lynched (1994) {NOT Listed}
Wk. 51, 12/17/1888
Wk. 03, 01/17/1889
Wk. 04, 01/24/1889

Grey, Zane
The Heritage of the Desert (1910)
The Last of the Plainsmen (1908)
Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)
Lone Star Ranger (1915)
The Vanishing American (1925)
The Code of the West (1934)
Wk. 43, 10/23/1939

Grinnell, George Bird
Pawnee Hero Tales (1889)
Blackfoot Lodge Tales (1892)
The Story of the Indian (1895)
The Punishment of the Stingy and Other Indian Stories (1901)
The Fighting Cheyennes (1915)
The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Lifeways (2 vols., 1923)
Wk. 15, 04/11/1938 – George Bird Grinnell

Guthrie, A.B. “Bud”
Murders at Moondance (1943)
The Big Sky (1947)
The Way West (1949)
These Thousand Hills (1956)
Wk. 17, 04/26/1991 – Bud Guthrie


Halaas, David F. and Masich, Andrew E.
Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent
— Caught Between the Worlds of the Indian and the White Man (
Wk. 05, 02/03/1865

George E. Hyde
Life of George Bent (1968)
Written from His Letters

Wk. 05, 02/03/1865 – reference to George Bent

Hansen, Ron
(no ref.)
Dalton Gang, Desperadoes (1979)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983)

Harjo, Joy
In Mad Love and War (1990) poetry
Wk. 25, 06/19/2019 – Joy Harjo

Harrigan, Stephen
(no ref.)
Gates of the Alamo (2000)

Haycox, Ernest
(no ref.)
No Law and Order (1942)

Hayden, Dr. Ferdinand Vanderveer
Geological Report of the Exploration of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers in 1859-1860 (1869)
Wk. 51, 12/23/1887

Hedren, Paul L. 
After Custer; Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country (2011)
Quotes Index – Indian Quotes)

Hinds, Gordon and E.D. Nix
The Oklahombres, Particullary the Wilder Ones (1929)
Wk: 26, 06/26/1946

Horner, John B.
Oregon: Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature (1919)
Wk. 19, 05/11/1792

Hocking, Doug {019}
Massacre at Point of Rocks (Novel, 2013)
Marshal of Arizona (2012) [short Epub]
Links to Friends for books

Holcomb, Lawrence
The Last Yahi: A Novel About Ishi (2000)
Wk. 35, 08/29/1911
Wk. 12, 03/25/1916

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins
Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883)
Monsters and Supernatural Beings of the Old West
Cannibals with Red Hair

Hornaday, William Temple
The Extermination of the American Bison (1887)
The American Natural History (1904; revised edition, four volumes, 1914)
Our Vanishing Wildlife: Its Extermination and Preservation (1913)
Wild Life Conservation in Theory and Practice (1914)
and numerous others…
Wk.10, 03/06/1937

George E. Hyde
(no ref.)
Life of George Bent: Written from His Letters (1968)
see also:
Wk. 05, 02/04/1865


Irving, Washington
The Adventures of Captain Bonneville (1837)
The Originals Index – ExpeditionsBonneville 1832


Jackson, Helen Maria Hunt
Century of Dishonor (1882)
It was a great success, but not as Jackson had hoped.  Readers didn’t care about the native characters; they loved the rich Spaniards, and they enthusiastically named the thoroughfares and halls of their new communities; Ramona. California remains rife with things named “Ramona.”
Wk. 32, 08/12/1885

Jennings, Alphonso J. “Al”
Beating Back (1913) autobiography
Through the shadows with O Henry (1921)
Wk. 52, 12/26/1961


Kelly, Charles
Outlaw Trail (1938)
Wk. 5, 02/03/1893

Kelton, Elmer
Buffalo Wagons (1957)
The Day the Cowboys Quit (1971)
The Time It Never Rained (1973)
Eyes of the Hawk (1974)
The Good Old Boys
The Man Who Rode Midnight (1988)
Slaughter (1992)
The Far Canyon (1994)
The Way of the Coyote (2002)
Wk. 34, 08/22/2009

Kluckhohn, Clyde
Navajo Witchcraft
see also:
References – Dictionary Skin-Walker
References – DictionaryWitches

Koster,  John
Custer Survivor (2017)
Wk. 26, 06/25/1876 – Little Big Horn
Wk.35, 08/28/1930 – Frank Finkel

Kroeber, Theodora
Ishi: In Two Worlds (1961)
Ishi: Last of his Tribe (1964)
Wk. 35, 08/29/1911
Wk. 12, 03/25/1916


Leonard Jr.,  Elmore John
Three-Ten to Yuma (short, 1953)
Last Stand at Sabre River (N, 1959), TV 1997
Hombre (N, 1961)
Valdez is Coming (N, 1970)
Pronto (N, 1993) – Justified 2010
Riding the Rap (N, 1995) – Justified 2010
Fire in the Hole (N, 1991) – Justified 2010
Raylan (N, 2012) – Justified 2010
Wk. 34, 08/20/2013

Long III, McKendree R. “Mike” {007}
No Good Like It Is (2010)
Dog Soldier Moon (2011)
Wk. 34, 08/20/1942
Links to Friends for books

L’Amour, Louis Dearborn
Westward the Tide (1951)
Hondo (1953)
Radigan (1958)
Sackett (1961)
How the West was Won (1963)
The Quick and the Dead (1973)
The Haunted Mesa (1987)
Wk. 23, 06/10/1988 – Louis L’Amou


McClintock, Walter
(no ref.)
The Old North Trail (1910)
The Blackfeet tribe share their mythology, religion, ceremonies and songs.

McMacarthy, Cormac
(no ref.)
Blood Meridan (1985)

McGivern, Ed
Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting (1938)
Wk. 50, 12/12/1957 – Ed McGivern

McGuane, Thomas
Driving on the Rim (2010)
Wk. 50, 12/11/1939

McLaughlin, Marie L.
(no ref.)
Myths and Legends of the Sioux (1916)

McMurtry, Larry
Leaving Cheyenne (1963)
Lonesome Dove (1985) [Pulitzer Prize]
-four-part TV mini-series (1989)
Horseman, Pass By (1961): movie Hud (1963), starring Paul Newman
Streets of Laredo (1993) [sequel to Lonesome Dove]
Dead Man’s Walk (1995)
Comanche Moon (1997)
Buffalo Girls (1990)
Crazy Horse: A Life (1999) – biography [non-fiction]
Sacagawea’s Nickname (2001) – essays on the American West [non-fiction]
Sin Killer (2002)
The Last Kind Words Saloon (2014).
and much more…
Wk. 22, 06/03/1936 – Larry McMurtry

Momaday, N. Scott
(no ref.)
The Ancient Child (1988)

Monnett, John H.
(no ref.)
Fetterman Fight: Indian Views (2017)

Moore, Clay

Souter, Dr. Keith

Morrell, Edward “Ed”
The Incorrigible (1914) a one-act play
The 25th Man: The Strange Story of Ed. Morrell,
-the Hero of Jack London’s Star Rover (
Wk. 45, 11/10/1946

Mother Jones
The Autobiography of Mother Jones (1925)
Wk. 48, 11/30/1930 – Mother Jones

Mulford, Clarence E.
Bar 20 (1906)
Hopalong Cassidy (1910)
Bring Me His Ears (1922)
Mesquite Jenkins (1928)
Hopalong Cassidy Serves a Writ (1941)
Wk. 19, 05/10/1956


No “N’ entries at this time.


Ondaatje, Michael
(no ref.)
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970)

Neihardt, John G.
Black Elk Speaks (1932)
Wk. 47, 11/24/1973

Ogden, Peter Skene
(and: The Originals Index – ExpeditionsPeter Skene Ogden)
Traits of American Indian Life and Character. By a Fur Trader (1855)
Wk. 39, 09/27/1854


Parkman, Francis
The Jesuits in North America (1867)
La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West (1869)
A Half Century of Conflict (1892).
Wk. 45, 11/08/1893

Plummer, Rachael
Twenty One Months Servitude as a Prisoner among the Commanchee Indian (1838)
Wk. 12, 03/19/1839

Portis, Charles
(no ref.)
True Grit (1968)

Price, Charles F.
(no ref.)
Season of Terror
The Espinosas in Central Colorado  March-October 1863 (2014)


No “Q” entries at this time.

Radin, Paul
(no ref.)
The Peyote Cult (1925)
The first ethnographic account of the peyote ceremony,
the roots of the modern Native American Church.


Robson, Lucia St. Clair
Ride the Wind (1982)
Wk. 20, 05/20/1836


Schaefer, Jack W.
The Canyon (1953)
Incident on the Trail (1962)
Stubby Pringle’s Christmas (1964)
Wk. 04, 01/24/1991

Sharfstein, Daniel H.
(no ref.)
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War (2017)

Sharp, Abbie Gardner
History of the Spirit Lake Massacre
and Captivity of Miss Abbie Gardner (1885)

Wk. 10, 03/08/1857

Short, Luke
The Feud at Single Shot (1935)
Blood on the Moon aka: Gunman’s Chance (1941)
Ramrod (1943)
Trouble Country (1976)
Wk. 36, 09/08/1893

Siringo, Charles A. “Charlie”
A Texas Cowboy;  (1885)
or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony
Riata and Spurs
Two Evil Isms, Pinkertonism And Anarchism
-By A Cowboy Detective Who Knows, As He Spent Twenty-Two Years
–In The Inner Circle Of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency
A History of Billy the Kid
Wk. 42, 10/18/1928

Smith, Joseph
The Book of Mormon:
-An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon
–upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi.
Wk. 13, 03/26/1830
Wk 26, 06/26/1844

Sontag, George Contant
A Pardoned Lifer (189?)
Wk. 12, 03/21/1908

Souter, Dr, Keith aka: Clay Moore
The Doctor - Novels and History (non-ref)
The Doctor (2014?)
A tale of Tombstone’s famous Dr. George E. Goodfellow (fiction)
Part of his series – West of the Big River.
The Doctor’s Bag (20??)
Medicine and Surgery of Yesteryear
Photo: US PD?, Amazon, fair use
Quotes Index – Commentators Quotes – Dr. George Goodfellow
References – Dictionary
Wk. 47, 12/07/1910 – Dr. George E. Goodfellow

Spearman, Frank Hamilton
Nerve of Foley (1900)
Whispering Smith (1906)
Wk. 52, 12/27/1937

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
The Woman’s Bible (1895)
Eighty Years and More (1898)

Wk. 43, 10/26/1902

Stegner, Wallace
(see: Wk. 26, 06/25/1938)
Angle of Repose (1971)

Stephens, Ann S.
Maleaska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter
– the first “Dime Novel” (Beadle’s)
Wk. 23, 06/09/1860

Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Uncle Tom’s Cabin “Life Among the Lowly”
Wk. 12, 03/20/1852

Stratton, Royal B.
Life Among the Indians (1857)
The story of Olive and Mary Ann Oatman
Wk. 12
, 03/20/1903 – Olive Oatman


Thompson, David
(no ref.)
Silver Light (1990)

Thompson, Ryan – editor, photographer
Phil Orr – editor
Bad Luck, Hot Rocks
Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest
see also:
Monsters and Supernatural Beings of the Old WestThe Bodie Curse

Thorp, Raymond (jr.) and Robert Bunker
Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson  (1958) [fiction]
Wk 51, 12/21/1972


Uintah-Ouray Ute Tribe
Stories of Our Ancestors” (1974)
The Originals Index – Resources and Hazards – Animals Index Page
Monsters and Supernatural Beings of the Old West – Pawapicts

Utley, Robert M.
(no ref.)
The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull (1993)


Vaughan, Victor C.
A Doctor’s Memories 2007
Wk. 10, 03/11/1918

Vaughn, J. W.
With Crook at the Rosebud (1956)
Photo Gallery Index – Indian PhotosCrazy Horse (bottom of page)

Vestal, Stanley
(no ref.)
Sitting Bull: Champion of the Sioux (1932)
New Sources of Indian History, 1850-1891: The Ghost Dance, the Prairie Sioux, A Miscellany (1934)


Waggoner, Linda M.
Firelight: The Life of Angel De Cora, Winnebago Artist (University of Oklahoma 2008)
Wk. 06, 02/06/1919

Wallace, Lew
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)
Wk. 07, 02/15/1905

Ware, Joseph
Emigrants’ Guide to California (1849)
Largely based on John C. Frémont’s “Report and Map (1845)
(see: The Originals Index – ExpeditionsJohn C. Frémont, 2nd. Expedition.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Pioneer Girl (1930)
House in the Big Woods (1932)
Little House on the Prairie (1935)
Wk. 6, 02/10/1957

Wister, Owen
The Virginian (1902)
Wk.22, 05/28/1902 – The Virginian
Wk. 29, 07/21/1938 – Owen Wister

Woodrell, Daniel
(no ref.)
Woe to Live On (1987)
Ride With the Devil – movie (1999)


X. No “X’ entries at this time.


Young, Colonel Charles
The Military Morale of Nations and Races (1912)
Wk. 02, 01/08/1922


Wk. 04, 01/26/1938 – Zitkála-Šá
Old Indian Legends (1901)
American Indian Stories (1921)
numerous articles and papers

As always with Old West Daily Reader, this is a very light touch on the literature in, around and about the Old West. None of us have time to read it all… Enjoy the quest! – Doc

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