Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author of Western adventure novels and short stories. He was a very prolific author and one of the first authors to become a millionaire. Over 100 films have been based on his stories. His best-known novel is Riders of the Purple Sage. Grey was an avid fisherman and wrote a lot about fishing. Two of his sons, Romer Zane and Loren became authors as well.

Zane Grey became a published novelist in 1903 with the novel Betty Zane. Below is a list of Zane Grey’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Adam Larey Books

Wanderer of the Wasteland (1920)Description / Buy at
Stairs of Sand (1928)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Brazos Keene Books

Knights of the Range (1936)Description / Buy at
Twin Sombreros (1940)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Forlorn River Books

Publication Order of Jim Traft Books

The Hash Knife Outfit (1929)Description / Buy at
The Drift Fence (1929)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Ken Ward Books

The Young Forester (1910)Description / Buy at
The Young Pitcher (1911)Description / Buy at
The Young Lion Hunter (1911)Description / Buy at
Ken Ward in the Jungle (1912)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Light of the Western Stars Books

Light of Western Stars, The (1914)Description / Buy at
Majesty's Rancho (1937)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Pan Handle Smith Books

The Lone Star Ranger (1914)Description / Buy at
The Trail Driver (1931)Description / Buy at
Valley Of Wild Horses (1947)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Riders of the Purple Sage Books

Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)Description / Buy at
The Rainbow Trail (1915)Description / Buy at
The Desert Crucible (1915)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Golden West Books

(with Louis L'Amour, Max Brand, Jon Tuska, Christopher Lane)

Stories of the Golden West, Book 3 (With: Max Brand,Jon Tuska,Christopher Lane) (2002)Description / Buy at
Stories of the Golden West, Book 5 (With: Grover Gardner,Max Brand,Jon Tuska) (2004)Description / Buy at
Stories Of The Golden West, Book 7 (With: Louis L'Amour,Max Brand) (2006)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Ohio River Trilogy Books

Betty Zane (1903)Description / Buy at
The Spirit of the Border (1906)Description / Buy at
The Last Trail (1909)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Last of the Plainsmen (1908)Description / Buy at
The Short Stop (1909)Description / Buy at
The Heritage of the Desert (1910)Description / Buy at
Wildfire (1910)Description / Buy at
Desert Gold (1913)Description / Buy at
The Light of Western Stars (1914)Description / Buy at
Cabin Gulch (1915)Description / Buy at
The Border Legion (1916)Description / Buy at
The U. P. Trail (1918)Description / Buy at
The Desert Of Wheat (1918)Description / Buy at
The Mysterious Rider (1919)Description / Buy at
War Comes to the Big Bend (1919)Description / Buy at
Wyoming (1920)Description / Buy at
The Man of the Forest (1920)Description / Buy at
Tonto Basin (1921)Description / Buy at
To the Last Man (1921)Description / Buy at
The Day of the Beast (1922)Description / Buy at
Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon (1922)Description / Buy at
The Rustlers of Pecos County (1923)Description / Buy at
The Call of the Canyon (1924)Description / Buy at
The Water Hole (1925)Description / Buy at
Under the Tonto Rim (1925)Description / Buy at
The Thundering Herd (1925)Description / Buy at
The Deer Stalker (1925)Description / Buy at
The Vanishing American (1925)Description / Buy at
Shower of Gold (1925)Description / Buy at
Top Hand (1925)Description / Buy at
Lost Pueblo (1927)Description / Buy at
Open Range (1927)Description / Buy at
Don. The Story Of A Lion Dog (1928)Description / Buy at
Wild Horse Mesa (1928)Description / Buy at
The Shepherd of Guadaloupe (1928)Description / Buy at
Dorn of the Mountains (1928)Description / Buy at
A Missouri Schoolmarm (1928)Description / Buy at
Rogue River Feud (1929)Description / Buy at
Fighting Caravans (1929)Description / Buy at
RobbersRoost (1930)Description / Buy at
Sunset Pass (1930)Description / Buy at
The Dude Ranger (1930)Description / Buy at
West of the Pecos (1931)Description / Buy at
Raiders of Spanish Peaks (1931)Description / Buy at
The Lost Wagon Train (1932)Description / Buy at
Thunder Mountain (1932)Description / Buy at
Arizona Ames (1932)Description / Buy at
Code of the West (1934)Description / Buy at
Outlaws of Palouse (1936)Description / Buy at
King of the Royal Mounted and the Great Jewel Mystery (1937)Description / Buy at
Western Union (1939)Description / Buy at
30,000 on the Hoof (1940)Description / Buy at
Wilderness Trek (1944)Description / Buy at
Shadow on the Trail (1946)Description / Buy at
The Maverick Queen (1950)Description / Buy at
THE ROARING U.P.TRAIL (1952)Description / Buy at
Black Mesa (1955)Description / Buy at
Stranger from the Tonto (1956)Description / Buy at
The Fugitive Trail (1957)Description / Buy at
The Arizona Clan (1958)Description / Buy at
Horse Heaven Hill (1959)Description / Buy at
Boulder Dam (1963)Description / Buy at
Prairie Gold (1965)Description / Buy at
Vanishing Indian (1968)Description / Buy at
Arizona Clan (1971)Description / Buy at
The Last Ranger (1974)Description / Buy at
Nassau, Cuba, Yucatan, Mexico (1976)Description / Buy at
Hoods (1976)Description / Buy at
The Adventures Of Finspot (1976)Description / Buy at
The Reef Girl (1977)Description / Buy at
Captives of the Desert (1977)Description / Buy at
The Buffalo Hunter (1978)Description / Buy at
Shark (1978)Description / Buy at
The Big Land (1978)Description / Buy at
Dark Heritage (1980)Description / Buy at
The Lord of Lackawaxen Creek (1981)Description / Buy at
Riders of Vengeance (1981)Description / Buy at
Lost In The Never Never (1982)Description / Buy at
Tenderfoot (1982)Description / Buy at
Tex Thorne Comes Out of the West (1988)Description / Buy at
Yaqui (1988)Description / Buy at
George Washington, Frontiersman (1990)Description / Buy at
Last of the Great Scouts (1996)Description / Buy at
Rangers of the Lone Star (1997)Description / Buy at
Woman of the Frontier (1998)Description / Buy at
The Last of the Duanes (1998)Description / Buy at
The Great Trek (1999)Description / Buy at
Union Pacific (2009)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Redheaded Outfield (1920)Description / Buy at
Tales of Lonely Trails (1922)Description / Buy at
The Wolf Tracker and Other Animal Tales (1923)Description / Buy at
Tappan's Burro and Other Stories (1923)Description / Buy at
Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas (1925)Description / Buy at
The Ranger and Other Stories (1926)Description / Buy at
Blue Feather and Other Stories (1934)Description / Buy at
Bernardo's Revenge & Other Western Yarns (1976)Description / Buy at
The Savage Kingdom (1978)Description / Buy at
Tales From A Fisherman's Log (1979)Description / Buy at
The Camp Robber and Other Stories (1979)Description / Buy at
The Westerners (1980)Description / Buy at
Tales of Freshwater Fishing (1980)Description / Buy at
Amber's Mirage and Other Stories (1983)Description / Buy at
The Secret of Quaking Asp Cabin and Other Stories (1983)Description / Buy at
Undiscovered Zane Grey Fishing Stories (1983)Description / Buy at
Zane Grey's Greatest Animal Stories (1984)Description / Buy at
Tigre and Other Stories (1988)Description / Buy at
Avalanche, and Other Stories (1988)Description / Buy at
Best Western Stories (1989)Description / Buy at
Seafishing Yarns (1991)Description / Buy at
Silvermane And Other Stories (1991)Description / Buy at
Tales of Swordfish and Tuna (1992)Description / Buy at
Tales of Tahitian Waters (1999)Description / Buy at
Tales of Southern Rivers (2000)Description / Buy at
Rangle River (2001)Description / Buy at
Tales of the Great Game Fish (2003)Description / Buy at
Silvermane (2013)Description / Buy at
Tales of Florida Fishes (2016)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

An American Angler in Australia (1976)Description / Buy at
Tales of the Angler's Eldorado (1984)Description / Buy at
Zane Grey's Book of Camp and Trails (1988)Description / Buy at
Zane Grey on Fishing (2003)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories(1921)Description / Buy at
Great Baseball Stories(1990)Description / Buy at
A Century of Great Western Stories(2001)Description / Buy at
100 Years Of Fishing: The Ultimate Tribute To Our Fishing Tradition(2002)Description / Buy at
The Golden West(2003)Description / Buy at
The Untamed West(2004)Description / Buy at
Graphic Classics, Volume 12: Adventure Classics(2005)Description / Buy at
The Lawless West(2007)Description / Buy at
Three Classic Westerns(2013)Description / Buy at
Trailin' West(2016)Description / Buy at
Famous Feature Stories #1(2021)Description / Buy at

Notes: Last of the Great Scouts was co-authored with Helen Cody Wetmore. Robbers’ Roost was also published under the title Thieves’ Canyon. The Golden West also contains contributions from Louis L’Amour and Max Brand. Last of the Duanes is an unabridged version of The Lone Star Ranger. The Desert Crucible is an unabridged version of The Rainbow Trail. Tonto Basin is an unabridged version of To the Last Man. Shower of Gold is an unabridged version of Desert Gold. The Great Trek is an unabridged version of The Wilderness Trek.

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3 Responses to “Order of Zane Grey Books”

  1. LH: 6 years ago

    I read Zane Grey novels in high school in the Seventies. They had book covers with an action description in a black box at the bottom of the page. Any available for my Walter Black editions?


  2. Pat C Wilson: 7 years ago

    My dad’s family lived five miles from the Grey’s. At that time they were the closest neighbors. At one time when I was a young teenager I read one of Zane’s books and it told about a wild bunch of kids that weren’t bad, like thieves, just wild crazy and always getting into fights and doing crazy dangerous stunts. I told my dad it sounded like the stories I had heard about him,his brothers and sisters. He said those stories sounded awful familiar. Wish I remembered which book it was. My mom totally changed my dad and my aunt told me they kept trying to pull mom down to their level and she just pulled them up! I’m 81 years old now and have great grandkids and wish I could give them at least the name of the book. One of my aunts dated Zane’s son for a while. She was pretty wild. I know she embarrassed me as an adult.


  3. Shelly Ann LPN(ret): 9 years ago

    I really appreciate this listing of Mr. Grey’s books, Just recently purchased a 50 book collection of hardback books to replace the paper backs that I lost during my time in the military. Started reading Zane Grey novels when I was in the 6th grade and have been collecting them since.

    I find that there are only two authors who I consider to be great western writes, Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour.

    Thank you for this listing site, I will be bookmarking these pages so I can come back to them for reference to my favorite authors.

    Shelly Ann, LPN (ret)
    HM2c(FMF)/USN, Sgt/USAR, ACM/olc
    A Proud Honorable Disabled American Veteran 1967-1994 – Combat Medicine


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