We have told many different kinds of stories about the American West through the years. Some, like the movies starring John Wayne or the novels written by Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, dramatized a lively Old West. Others, such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, featured a huge, panoramic West. Over time, revised roles for women, changed images of Native Americans, and new depictions of the environment have enriched our appealing western stories. Our newest western narratives move in intriguing, innovative directions.
Richard W. Etulain is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, where he taught American history and cultures and directed its Center for the American West, and has taught at Northwest Nazarene University and Idaho State University. He holds a doctorate in American history and literature from the University of Oregon.
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