atm-logoWhy are so few Western novels based in Nevada?

Paul Etzler
Eureka, Nevada

Great question, especially considering the wonderful history of that state. Mark Twain wrote a bit about his time in Nevada, as did one of my favorite writers, Will James. For writings from the silver state, I recommend you read Literary Nevada, edited by Cheryll Glotfelty. But I guess Hollywood and novelists such as Zane Grey, Max Brand and Louis L’Amour largely preferred more notorious locales.


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