Zane Grey and James Simpson Emmett

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James Simpson Emmett was, as the principal shaper of Grey’s views on the Latter-day Saints, the principal inspiration for all of Grey’s novels about life in Mormon Utah. As the first of these (The Heritage of the Desert) has been seen as the archetype for all of Grey’s subsequent novels, and the second— Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)—has proved to be one of the most popular Westerns of all time, the Mormon Emmett must indeed be seen as one of the most important influences on Grey’s career.

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