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The Frontier ClubPopular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880-1924$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731794.001.0001

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Boone and Crockett Writers

Boone and Crockett Writers

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The Frontier Club

Christine Bold

Oxford University Press

Chapter One traces how the dominant western formula emerged from the Boone and Crockett Club. It introduces eight key members, emphasizing the entwinement of hunting and writing in their lives. In 1893, Roosevelt and Grinnell initiated the Club’s book series whose voice, landscape, action, and racial hierarchy, along with its mission to lobby government and influence public opinion, all stamped the proto-western. Club members Wister, Chanler, Whitney, and Grant contributed big-game hunting tales and conservation essays. Lodge liaised between the Club and Congress. Remington, while not a Club member, was conscripted to illustrate the gentlemen hunters’ representation of the West. Beyond this core group, Emerson Hough and Zane Grey extended the reach of Boone and Crockett hunting and conservation tropes into popular westerns, in such formulaic elements as the boyish-turned-stoic hero, the landscape as enclave, the showdown on main street, and the white gentleman’s racial right to bear the gun.

Keywords:   Boone and Crockett Club, Roosevelt, Grinnell, Wister, Chanler, Whitney, Grant, Lodge, Remington, book series, hunting, conservation, lobbying, western formula

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