Western Lit

by John J. Miller on November 24, 2009 · 2 comments

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My article on Western author Elmer Kelton appears in today’s Wall Street Journal:

When Kelton died in August at the age of 83, many of the obituaries cited “The Time It Never Rained” as his finest achievement. The story of rancher Charlie Flagg and his struggles during a terrible drought in the 1950s is not just another western. It’s a piece of Western lit.


  • RustyG

    I think it’s great that you’re giving Elmer Kelton his due respects. An uncle of mine turned me on to his books several years ago and I’ve read everything he has written. As a Texan I love the historical context of his work and his clever humor. The same uncle passed away last year and was buried in his resident town of Cisco, Texas. Cisco is a little town in the Abeline region that is the setting of many of Keltons books (and about a 10 hour drive from my Gulf Coast home ….you know Texans measure driving distance in hours, right.) Everywhere I looked in that area the settings and characters of all his books just came alive. Thanks again.

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