Spend some time with the new edition of Loren D. Estleman’s The Wister Trace: Assaying Classic Western Fiction, Second Edition, and you’ll remember why you fell in love with Westerns in the first place. Estleman, an award-winning author of more than 70 novels, pointed out in the 1987 edition that it is the mix of wildness and chivalry that makes the Western genre unique,
and he follows this trajectory as it emerges from Owen Wister’s The Virginian to ricochet down through the 20th century. This new edition is updated to reflect recent film adaptations and includes chapters on Dorothy M. Johnson and Annie Proulx.
—Max McCoy, author of The Spirit is Willing