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Grey, Zane

Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

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Riders of the Purple Sage tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her Mormon church. Jane Withersteen does this with the help of several of her Gentile friends, Bern Venters and Lassiter, and in the end, through the help of Balancing Rock and her Gentile friends, finds herself, a child who needs her, her true beliefs, and her true love.

The events depicted in Riders of the Purple Sage occur between the mid-spring and the late summer of 1871.

Riders of the Purple Sage is Zane Grey's best-known novel. Originally published in 1912, it was one of the earliest works of Western fiction and played a significant role in popularizing that genre.


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