Edited and with commentary by Candace C. Kant. Copyright 2008 by University of Nevada Press. Paperback. 404 pages.
Western writer Zane Grey was a literary celebrity during his lifetime and the center of a huge enterprise based on his writing. His wife, Dolly, guided Grey’s career and skillfully managed the considerable fortune derived from his work. She also maintained the facade of a conventional married life, despite his numerous affairs with other women. These dalliances placed great stress on their relationship, and much of their union was sustained largely by correspondence. Their letters reveal the true nature of this complex partnership and offer an engrossing portrait of an extremely unorthodox marriage and its times.
Candace Kant is professor emerita of history at the College of Southern Nevada.