After a long, sweaty day of yard work, Mrs. Slap and I sat out on the back deck over moonshine and tea discussing what books we intend to start next. After years on the sidelines, Mrs. Slap recently read Riders of the Purple Sage and liked it so much that she picked up Call of the Canyon soon after. I was thinking of other literary westerns with strong character development when it occurs to me that there are four stations of the western cross, if you will, that create a well read western reader. These include:
Riders of the Purple Sage, Zane Grey
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
Shane, Jack Schaefer
The Virginian, Owen Wister
What do you think? What did I leave out? Comments, please, comments!