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WILLIAM MACLEOD RAINE
British-born novelist William MacLeod Raine (1871-1954) moved to the Texas-Arkansas border when he was a child. Raine used his experience in the pioneer west as the basis for his work, becoming a prolific and widely read writer of popular westerns. He began his career in journalism in the 1890s, working for newspapers in Seattle and Denver, and published his first novel, Wyoming, in 1908. Raine wrote more than eighty novels and a handful of non-fiction volumes about the west. His best known novels are A Texas Ranger (1910) and Yukon Gold (1917). As early as 1913, his works began to be made into films, and eventually more than twenty of his novels appeared on the silver screen.
The title page and a chapter from William MacLeod Raine's The Big Town Round-Up (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1920)
This novel tells of the adventures of an Arizona cowboy named Clay Lindsay, who encounters tenderfoots of every variety when he travels to New York. In the chapter shown here, Clay experiences Greenwich Village bohemians, a puzzling and morally questionable crowd. Raine's send-up is a good example of popular-culture representations of Village culture at the time.