Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

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Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

Format:  Paperback,

293 pages

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: Apr 2010

ISBN-13: 9780765354280

ISBN-10: 0765354284

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"Sandhills Boy "is the story of "a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd," growing up in the wild sandhills of West Texas and becoming author of many well-loved and critically-acclaimed Western novels: "The Time It Never Rained, The Good Old Boys, The Day the Cowboys Quit," and some 50 others.

The son of a working cowboy and ranch foreman, Elmer Kelton learned at an early age that he had no talent for horses nor any of the cowboy's trade . . . but he did have a knack for story-telling. He graduated from the University if Texas and before becoming "the greatest of all Western writers" (by vote of the Western Writers of America, Inc, ) was a soldier in Europe and a journalist in Texas.

Kelton writes with warm, nostalgic humor of his life in ranch and oil patch Texas during the Great Depression of his service in WW2 in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and of the romantic circumstances which changed his life in the village of Ebensee, Austria. At a boat landing there, in October, 1945, he met a young woman, Anni Lipp, who became his wife and remained by his side for 60 years.

Filled with Kelton's sly humor and memorable anecdotes, "Sandhills Boy "is destined to be a classic in Western autobiography, a companion to Charlie Siringo's "A Texas Cowboy" and "We Pointed Them North" by Edward. C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott.

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Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: Apr 2010
ISBN-13: 9780765354280
ISBN-10: 0765354284
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 293
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.1 x 1.0 x 6.6

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Biography of Kelton, Elmer

Elmer Kelton was born on April 29, 1926 in west Texas. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and served in Europe during World War II. He worked as a livestock and farm writer for The San Angelo Standard-Times and later as an editor for the specialized publications Sheep and Goat Raiser magazine and Livestock Weekly while writing part-time. He wrote more than 60 books which earned him numerous awards and recognitions.

He won the Spur award from Western Writers of America six times for his titles Buffalo Wagons, The Day the Cowboys Quit, The Time It Never Rained, Eye of the Hawk, Slaughter, and The Far Canyon. Four of his titles have won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City. In addition, he received the Barbara McCombs/Lon Tinkle Award and the Levi Strauss Golden Saddleman Award from the Western Writers of America. His title The Good Old Boys was made into a television movie in 1995. Kelton also wrote under the pseudonyms Alex Hawk, Lee McElroy and Tom Early. He died on August 22, 2009 at the age of 83.

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Sandhills Boy is the story of "a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd", growing up in the wild sandhills of West Texas and becoming author of many well-loved and critically-acclaimed Western novels: The Time It Never Rained, The Good Old Boys, The Day the Cowboys Quit, and some 50 others.

The son of a working cowboy and ranch foreman, Elmer Kelton learned at an early age that he had no talent for horses nor any of the cowboy’s trade... but he did have a knack for story-telling. He graduated from the University if Texas and before becoming "the greatest of all Western writers" (by vote of the Western Writers of America, Inc,) was a soldier in Europe and a journalist in Texas.

Kelton writes with warm, nostalgic humor of his life in ranch and oil patch Texas during the Great Depression of his service in WW2 in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and of the romantic circumstances which changed his life in the village of Ebensee, Austria. At a boat landing there, in October, 1945, he met a young woman, Anni Lipp, who became his wife and remained by his side for 60 years.

Filled with Kelton’s sly humor and memorable anecdotes, Sandhills Boy is destined to be a classic in Western autobiography, a companion to Charlie Siringo’s A Texas Cowboy and We Pointed Them North by Edward. C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott.

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