Elmer Kelton

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Elmer Kelton (born April 29,1926 near Andrews, Texas; died August 22, 2009 in San Angelo, Texas) is an eight-time Western Writers of America Spur Award winner and was named Greatest Western Writer of all time by the group.  He is also a three-time Western Heritage Award Winner and recipient of the 1977 Owen Wister award for Lifetime Achievement in the field (this award is named after the author of The Virginian).  The Academy of Western Artists has named its annual award for best fiction and best nonfiction books after Kelton.

Standalone Novels:

Hot Iron – 1956

Buffalo Wagons – 1956 (Spur Award)

Barbed Wire – 1957

Shadow of a Star – 1958

The Texas Rifles – 1960

Donovan – 1961

Bitter Trail – 1962

Horsehead Crossing – 1963

Massacre at Goliad – 1965

Llano River – 1966

After the Bugles – 1966 (Sequel to Massacre at Goliad)

Hanging Judge – 1969

Captain’s Rangers – 1969

Shotgun Settlement – 1969 (As Alex Hawk)

The Day the Cowboys Quit – 1971 (Spur Award)

Bowie’s Mine – 1971

Wagontongue – 1972

The Time It Never Rained – 1973 (Spur Award / Western Heritage Award)

Manhunters – 1974

Joe Pepper – 1975 (As Lee McElroy)

Long Way to Texas – 1976 (As Lee McElroy)

The Good Old Boys – 1978 (Western Heritage Award / TV Movie)

The Wolf and the Buffalo – 1980

Eyes of the Hawk – 1981 (As Lee McElroy / Spur Award)

Stand Proud – 1984

Dark Thicket – 1985

The Man Who Rode Midnight – 1987 (Western Heritage Award)

Honor at Daybreak – 1991

Slaughter – 1992 (Spur Award)

Far Canyon – 1994 (Sequel to Slaughter / Spur Award)

The Pumpkin Rollers – 1996

Cloudy in the West – 1997

Six Bits a Day – 2005 (Prequel to The Good Old Boys)

The Smiling Country – 2008 (Sequel to The Good Old Boys)

Many a River – 2008 (Spur Award}

 

Short Story Collections:

There’s Always Another Chance – 1986

The Big Brand – 1986

 

Novels of the Texas Rangers:

The Buckskin Line – 1999

Badger Boy – 2001 (Sequel to The Buckskin Line)

The Way of the Coyote – 2001 (Sequel to Badger Boy / Spur Award)

Ranger’s Trail – 2002 (Sequel to The Way of the Coyote)

Texas Vendetta – 2004 (Sequel to Ranger’s Trail)

Jericho’s Road – 2004 (Sequel to Texas Vendetta)

Hard Trail to Follow – 2008

Other Men’s Horses – 2009

Texas Standoff – 2010

 

Sons of Texas Series:

 Sons of Texas – 1989 (As Tom Early)

The Raiders – 1989 (As Tom Early)

The Rebels – 1990 (As Tom Early)

 

Nonfiction:

Looking Back West – 1972

Permian: A Continuing Saga – 1986

Art of Frank C. McCarthy – 1992

Art of Howard Terpning – 1992 (Western Heritage Award)

Living and Writing in West Texas – 1992

Art of James Bama – 1993

Elmer Kelton Country – 1993

The Indian in Frontier News – 1993

My Kind of Heroes – 1995

Texas – 1995

Texas Cattle Barons – 1999

Christmas at the Ranch – 2003

Sandhills Boy: Memoirs – 2007

 

Elmer Kelton reads the prologue to The Time It Never Rained:

 

Reviewed books are shown as blue links above.