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A list of Western fiction authors with writers who specialize in all types of Western historical fiction and tales of the American frontier. If cowboys, Indians (Native Americans), gold miners, and outlaws are your favorite types of characters, then you're a western fiction fan. Western book authors and famous Western authors are among some of the best and most popular writers of all time.

When it comes to great Western novels, remember that "the frontier" is a relative term. The earliest Westerns took place in the Appalachian mountains, as that was once considered the great Western unknown. It wasn't until later, the 1850s and beyond, that Westerns began to take place west of the Mississippi River. Many consider the golden age of the Historic West to have occurred for only three decades, from the end of the American Civil War to the beginning of the 20th century. Western fiction peaked during the 1960s, but can still be found to this day.

The Western fiction authors on this list are some of the best Western novelists and their works rank among the best Western novels. Take a look at these popular Wester authors and go get their books today!

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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Western Fiction Authors
David Thompson The Tennessee Letters, Timeline to Terror

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John Steinbeck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Western Fiction Authors
John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange, Inside Mr. Enderby, Joysprick

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James Fenimore Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Western Fiction Authors
James Fenimore Cooper The Last of the Mohicans, The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea, The Prairie

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Johnny D. Boggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Johnny D. Boggs Arm of the bandit, Doubtful Cañon, Dark voyage of the Mittie Stephens

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James Reasoner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Western Fiction Authors
James Reasoner Antietam, Vicksburg, Lone Star Law - Pseudonym of L.J. Washburn.

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Louis L'Amour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Louis L'Amour Bendigo Shafter, Yondering, Dark Canyon

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Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Cormac McCarthy The Road, No Country for Old Men, Blood Meridian

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Roger Margason is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Roger Margason The Role Players, Calico, The Good Cop

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Willa Cather is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Willa Cather My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

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Bret Harte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Bret Harte The Heathen Chinee, Clarence, East and West

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A.B. Guthrie, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Western Fiction Authors
A.B. Guthrie, Jr.

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Zane Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Zane Grey Riders of the Purple Sage, To the Last Man, The Lone Star Ranger

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A.M. Chisholm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Western Fiction Authors
A.M. Chisholm

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Robert Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Robert Vaughan Age of the great cities, Range Wars, The Alamosa Trail

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J.A. Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Western Fiction Authors
J.A. Johnstone Carnage of Eagles, The Last Gunfighter: Montana Gundown, Sidewinders: Texas Bloodshed

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Richard Matheson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Richard Matheson I Am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echoes

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Ralph Compton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Ralph Compton The Ellsworth Trail, Ralph Compton Clarion's Call, Ralph Compton for the Brand

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Frank Norris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Frank Norris The Pit: A Story of Chicago, Moran of the Lady Letty, The Octopus: A Story of California

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Luke Short is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Luke Short Savage Range, The Branded Man, Brand of Empire - Pseudonym of Frederick D. Glidden.

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Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Robert B. Parker Poodle Springs, Pastime, Perchance to Dream

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James Keene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Western Fiction Authors
James Keene Broken Gun, Texas Yankee, Vengeance

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Elmore Leonard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Elmore Leonard LaBrava, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob

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Robert W. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Robert W. Chambers The Tree of Heaven, The King in Yellow, The Slayer of Souls

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Michael Newton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Michael Newton Justice gun, Bounty Gun, The Lawman 1

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Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Robert E. Howard Conan the Barbarian, Conan, The Coming of Conan

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Tony Hillerman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Tony Hillerman A Thief of Time, Skinwalkers, Dance Hall of the Dead

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Stephen Bly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Stephen Bly One Went to Denver and the Other Went Wrong, I'm Off to Montana for to Throw the Hoolihan, Last of the Texas Camp

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Terry C. Johnston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Terry C. Johnston One-Eyed Dream, Sioux Dawn, Lay the mountains low

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Kat Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Kat Martin El Secreto, The Summit, Fanning the flame

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Elizabeth Butler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Elizabeth Butler Calico Queen, The Colonel's Widow, Trailboss - Pseudonym of Eva Ridenour.

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Charles King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Charles King The medal of honor, An Army Wife, Under fire

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Owen Wister is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Owen Wister The Virginian, Lady Baltimore, The Pentecost of Calamity

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Will James is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Will James Lone cowboy, Smoky the Cowhorse, Out the Ball Park

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William W. Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Western Fiction Authors
William W. Johnstone The Last Gunfighter, Eyes Of Eagles, Vengeance Is Mine

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Mike Jameson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Mike Jameson Tales from Deadwood^! the Gamblers

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Jory Sherman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Jory Sherman The bamboo demons, The Ellsworth Trail, The Baron brand

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Tim McGuire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Tim McGuire The Law of the Barbary Coast, Danger Ridge

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Dusty Richards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Dusty Richards Rancher's law, The Ogallala Trail, Noble's way

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Larry McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, The colonel and Little Missie

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Win Blevins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Win Blevins Ravenshadow, The Rock Child

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Andrew J. Fenady is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Andrew J. Fenady

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Theodore Victor Olsen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Theodore Victor Olsen Blood Rage, Birth of a city, Hammer's Horde (Linford Western Library

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Conrad Richter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Conrad Richter The Town, The Light in the Forest, The Fields

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Andrey Veter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Andrey Veter

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Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Andre Norton Garan the Eternal, The Elvenbane, Sargasso of Space

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Peter Brandvold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Peter Brandvold Once Hell Freezes Over, Riding with the devil's mistress, Rogue Lawman^! Deadly Prey - Pseudonym of Frank Leslie.

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John D. Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Western Fiction Authors
John D. Nesbitt Adventures of the Ramrod Rider, One Foot in the Stirrup, Black Diamond Rendezvous

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Hyung Min-woo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Hyung Min-woo Priest VOL. 3, Justice N Mercy, Priest^! Book 7

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Jon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Jon Sharpe Dead man's hand, Trailsman 185, Trailsman 187