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The Black Rider (Hardcover)

Max Brand

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ISBN 10: 0803212631 / ISBN 13: 9780803212633
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Hardcover. "The Black Rider and Other Stories" collects three short novels and one short story by Max Brand originally published in magazines and never reprinted before; they appear here fo.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 193 pages. 0.499. Bookseller Inventory # 9780803212633

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Title: The Black Rider (Hardcover)

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The Black Rider and Other Stories collects three short novels and one short story by Max Brand originally published in magazines and never reprinted before; they appear here for the first time in book form. At first publication the stories often suffered from editors’ cuts to make them fit available page space. Editor Jon Tuska has returned to the original manuscripts to restore Brand’s full texts. The stories are set in that land Brand called the “mountain desert,” a timeless and magical place for him. In addition to mapping a geographic region, these stories show the extent to which Brand was exploring the corridors of the human spirit.

The story of Lucia d’Arquista’s confrontation with her own soul, “The Black Rider,” originally published in 1925, is set in Spanish California at the time when the eastern colonies of this country were still ruled by Great Britain. The feud between Red Macdonald and the Gregory clan disrupts the quiet town of Sudeth in “The Dream of Macdonald” (1923). As this short novel progresses, Macdonald’s dream increasingly takes possession of his very being. In a few deft pages, Brand takes up the challenge of the most demanding form of fiction in “Partners,” a 1938 short short story that sketches a murderous relationship between two men. “The Power of Prayer,” which first appeared in the 1922 Christmas issue of Western Story Magazine, concerns Gerald Kern, a real gentleman who is also a gunman. His tale is not unlike that of the true and imperishable gentleman of darkness from the Book of Job.

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“Max Brand” was the favorite pseudonym of Frederick Schiller Faust (1892–1944), whose works have been reprinted again and again, translated into every major language, and adapted for film. Jon Tuska is the author of Billy the Kid: A Handbook (Nebraska 1986) and the editor of The Western Story: A Chronological Treasury (Nebraska 1995).

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