Zane Grey Museum
Two posts ago, I wrote about the National Road Museum in Ohio. Part of that museum is dedicated to the author, Zane Grey, who was born nearby and lived part of his early life in the area.
If you don’t know Zane Grey, it is safe to say a generation or two ago, he was one of the most popular writers around. Most of his works (not all) are Westerns. In the early days of holiday, almost all his books were turned into films and so actors like Randolph Scott and Roy Rogers made a living portraying his characters.
I found it interesting, that while Grey made a guaranteed 25,000 a picture off the rights to his stories (a lot of money in those days), when he first started to write, it took SEVEN years for a publisher to sign him up. In the end, he was a popular writer who sold more books than Hemingway or Fitzgerald. Though, clearly, those two are better writers and are proving more enduring. Riders Of The Purple Sage was probably Grey’s most famous book.
These are pictures I took at the museum. There is actually a large museum at Grey’s old ranch in Pennsylvania.