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Andy Adams’ The Log of a Cowboy has long been acknowledged a classic of western American literature. Hoffman Birney, in the New York Times Book Review, once declared, “If there is such a thing as an all-time ‘best’ Western, that is it.” One of the most delightful features of the Log is the inclusion of tales told by the cowboys at night. Adams was a master of the campfire tale, and the fifty-one collected here, each told by an Andy Adams character, touch upon every aspect of range life. Readers will never forget characters like Bull Durham, Uncle Dave Hapfinger, and Aaron Scales, or the tale of the tubercular drifter whose death caused tough cowboys to cry, or the gruesome account of the hanging of the renegade Kansas lawman, or the humorous incident of the “big brindle muley ox” that decided to ride instead of walk.
by Andy Adams
An authentic piece of literature about men, cattle, horses, country, and cowboy life in general.
Two orphans face starvation on the prairie of northeastern Kansas during the terrible winter of 1885-86. Dell and Joel Wells, redheads who have barely reached shaving age, are about to abandon their dead father’s claim on Beaver Creek because it won’t grow crops. Then unexpected events, and a drover seeking aid, allow them a decent chance in life. First published in 1911, Wells Brothers, The Young Cattle Kings shows what happens when experienced enterprise meets youthful energy.