Elmer Kelton
Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was an American author of western fiction in addition to being a journalist. He was voted as the greatest western writer of all-time by the Western Writers of America. Elmer wrote the Texas Tradition and Texas Rangers series. Elmer’s novels were set in Texas – the state he called home. He received his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Elmer was an eight-time winner of the Spur Award as well as a three-time winner of the Western Heritage Award. In the midst of writing a novel, Kelton passed away of natural causes in 2009.

Elmer Kelton became a published author in 1955 with the novel Hot Iron. His final novel was Texas Standoff (from the Texas Rangers series), which was published in 2010. Below is a list of Elmer Kelton’s books in order of when they were originally released (as well as in chronological order when necessary):

Publication Order of Tales Of Texas Books


Captain's Rangers(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Joe Pepper(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Long Way to Texas(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Texas Tradition Books


The Day the Cowboys Quit(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wagontongue(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Manhunters(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Old Boys(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wolf and the Buffalo(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stand Proud(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Rode Midnight(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Thicket(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Honor at Daybreak(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Texas Tradition Books


Good Old Boys(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wolf and the Buffalo(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Day the Cowboys Quit(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stand Proud(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Rode Midnight(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Manhunters(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wagontongue(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Thicket(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Honor at Daybreak(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Sons Of Texas Books


Sons of Texas(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Raiders(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rebels(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Hewey Calloway Books


The Smiling Country(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Six Bits a Day(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Texas Rangers Books


The Buckskin Line(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Badger Boy(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Way of the Coyote(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ranger's Trail(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lone Star Rising(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Texas Vendetta(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jericho's Road(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ranger's Law(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hard Trail to Follow(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Texas Standoff(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Hot Iron(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buffalo Wagons(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Barbed Wire(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shadow of a Star(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Texas Rifles(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Donovan(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bitter Trail(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Horsehead Crossing(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Massacre at Goliad(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Llano River(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
After the Bugles(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hanging Judge(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shotgun Settlement(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bowie's Mine(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Time It Never Rained(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Eyes of the Hawk(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Slaughter(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Christmas(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Indian in Frontier News(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Far Canyon(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pumpkin Rollers(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cloudy in the West(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Funeral of Tanner Moody(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Noah's Ride(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pecos Crossing(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Many a River(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shotgun(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Children’s Books


Christmas at the Ranch(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


There's Always Another Chance and Other Stories(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Brand(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Legend(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lost Trails(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
ReadWest: Stories from the Old West(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Looking Back West: Selections form the Pioneer News-Observer(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Permian: A Continuing Saga(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
30 Years of Western Fiction(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Living and Writing in West Texas: Two Speeches(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Art of Howard Terpning(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Art of Frank C. McCarthy(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Art of James Bama(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Elmer Kelton Country: The Short Nonfiction of a Texas Novelist(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
My Kind of Heroes: Selected Speeches(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Texas(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Texas Cattle Barons: Their Families, Land and Legacy(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tom Lovell: Storyteller with a Brush(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Joe Pepper, Long Way to Texas and Eyes of the Hawk were written as Lee McElroy. Shotgun Settlement was written under the pen name of Alex Hawk. The Funeral of Tanner Moody was written with John Jakes and Robert J. Randisi. Noah’s Ride is a collaborative novel that also contains contributions by Phyllis Allen, Judy Alter, Mike Blackman, Mike Cochran, Jeff Guinn, Mary Dittoe Kelly, James Ward Lee, James Reasoner and Mary Rogers. Legend is co-authored with Judy Alter, Jane Candia Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, Ed Gorman, Robert J. Randisi and James Reasoner. Lost Trails also contains contributions by Loren D. Estleman, William W. Johnstone and Louis L’Amour. The Sons of Texas series was written as Tom Early (with James Reasoner).

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Elmer Kelton Synopses: The Good Old Boys is the first novel in the Texas Tradition series in chronological order and the fourth novel to be published in the series. The novel follows Hewey Calloway in West Texas in the year 1906. Hewey only wants to be a cowboy, while he watches the Old West he knew and loved become modernized. He comes to realize that every choice he makes requires a sacrifice. The novel was adapted into a TNT made-for-TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones.

Shotgun was the final standalone novel that Elmer Kelton completed. Blair Bishop makes his living as a rancher in Two Forks, Texas. He is a man who with enemies – the recently released from prison Macy Modock and a rival cowman named Clarence Cass. To make things worse, Cass’ daughter, Jessie, and Bishop’s son, Allan, are in love. Can Macy Modock and Clarence Cass form an alliance in order to ruin Blair Bishop’s life?

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