The Ox-bow Incident

The Ox-bow Incident

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Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, which Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature. As Wallace Stegner writes, [Clark's] theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001
Edition: Modern Library paperback edition
ISBN: 9780375757020
0375757023
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cla
Description: xix, 225 pages ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Sep 23, 2018

Even though there are few, if any, genres as distinctly American, as the western, the shelf of classic western literature is very small. "The Virginian" maybe (Even if it's pretty bad.), some Elmore Leonard, "Lonesome Dove," Cormac McCarthy, "Little Big Man," and, well,I'm out of titles. "The Ox-Bow Incident" is on that shelf, and this edition even has an introduction by Wallace Stegner. Clark brings a psychological depth to the genre that is usually lacking. He was from Maine, but settled in Nevada. Made into a film with Henry Fonda.

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