GREY, Zane

(1872–1939)
   Zane Grey was one of the earliest writers of Western fiction to publish best sellers on a regular basis. Building on the tradition of formula Westerns established by Owen Wister, Grey wrote over 90 popular novels, mostly Westerns. For many, Zane Grey’s name was synonymous with pulp Westerns for much of the 20th century. Not surprisingly, many of his novels were made into films. Four versions of Riders of the Purple Sage, Grey’s most popular novel, have been made—in 1918, 1925, 1931, and 1996. Grey’s direct involvement with the film industry came in 1919 when he formed Zane Grey Productions, a short-lived company that was a forerunner of Paramount Pictures. Perhaps the most famous Zane Grey film, Fritz Lang’s 1941 Western Union, which was billed as “Zane Grey’s Western Union,” is actually based on an original studio screenplay. No book had been written, and Grey himself had died two years earlier. The studio adopted the Zane Grey name for marketing purposes. After the film’s release, a novelization of the film was also marketed as if written by Grey himself. About 55 films are based on Grey novels, the most recent in 1996.

Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. . 2012.

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  • Grey,Zane — Grey, Zane. 1875 1939. American writer of Western adventure novels, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1912). * * * …   Universalium

  • Grey, Zane — orig. Pearl Grey born Jan. 31, 1872, Zanesville, Ohio, U.S. died Oct. 23, 1939, Altadena, Calif. U.S. novelist. He began his career as a dentist. He first visited the American West in 1906, setting his first novel, The Heritage of the Desert… …   Universalium

  • Grey, Zane — ► (1875 1939) Novelista estadounidense. En sus novelas describe la vida del oeste americano. Obras: Betty Garrey y El espíritu de la frontera, entre otras. * * * orig. Pearl Grey (31 ene. 1872, Zanesville, Ohio, EE.UU.–23 oct. 1939, Altadena, Cal …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Grey, Zane —  (1875–1939) American author …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Zane Grey — sostiene un koala durante una visita a Australia (1933). Nombre completo Pearl Zane Gray …   Wikipedia Español

  • Zane Grey — Zane Grey, eigentlich Pearl Zane Gray (* 31. Januar 1872 in Zanesville, Ohio; † 23. Oktober 1939 in Altadena, Kalifornien) war ein US amerikanischer Schriftsteller, der vor allem durch seine Wildwestromane bekannt wurde …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Grey (Name) — Grey ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Al Grey (1925–2000), US amerikanischer Jazzposaunist Albert Grey, 4. Earl Grey (1851–1917), britischer Generalgouverneur Kanadas Alex Grey (* 1953), US amerikanischer Künstler Aubrey de Grey (* 1963) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Zane Grey — Infobox Writer name = Zane Grey imagesize = 200px caption = Zane Grey holds a koala during a visit to Australia pseudonym = birthdate = birth date|1872|1|31 birthplace = Zanesville, Ohio deathdate = death date and age|1939|10|23|1872|1|31… …   Wikipedia

  • Zane, Betty — ▪ American frontier heroine born c. 1766, probably Hardy county or Berkeley county, Va. [now in W.Va., U.S.] died c. 1831, Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S.       American frontier heroine whose legend of valour in the face of attack by American Indians… …   Universalium

  • Grey — (Del lat. grex, gregis, rebaño.) ► sustantivo femenino 1 GANADERÍA Conjunto de cabezas de ganado, tanto menor como mayor. IRREG. plural greyes SINÓNIMO rebaño 2 Conjunto de individuos que tienen algún carácter común, como el país de procedencia o …   Enciclopedia Universal

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