Fiction

Western Fiction Authors

Walter Graves
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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
The Tennessee Letters, Timeline to Terror
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John Steinbeck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Western Fiction Authors
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
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
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
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
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
Bendigo Shafter, Yondering, Dark Canyon
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Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Western Fiction Authors
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
The Role Players, Calico, The Good Cop
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Willa Cather is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Western Fiction Authors
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
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
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Zane Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Western Fiction Authors
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
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Robert Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Western Fiction Authors
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
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
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
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
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
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
Poodle Springs, Pastime, Perchance to Dream
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James Keene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Western Fiction Authors
Broken Gun, Texas Yankee, Vengeance
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Elmore Leonard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Western Fiction Authors
LaBrava, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob
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Robert W. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Western Fiction Authors
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
Justice gun, Bounty Gun, The Lawman 1