|Taos Society of Artists, 1915 (Dunton, 3rd from left)|
Like the writers Zane Grey (1872-1939) and Will James (1892-1942), Dunton had a nostalgic regard for the Old West, preserving and celebrating in his work and pastimes the mythology of frontier scouts, cowboys, and other singular figures who lived independently off the land as it was before westward settlement. Here are a number of his book illustrations from the years 1904 - 1919.
William R. Lighton, Uncle Mac's Nebrasky (1904)
B. M. Bower, Her Prairie Knight (1907)
Sara Dean, Travers: a story of the San Francisco Earthquake (1908)
Alfred Henry Lewis, Wolfville Folks (1908)
Randall Parrish, Keith of the Border: a Tale of the Plains (1910)
Katharine Hopkins Chapman, The Fusing Force: an Idaho Idyll (1911)
Alfred Henry Lewis, Faro Nell and her Friends (1913)
Jackson Gregory, Judith of Blue Lake Ranch (1919)
Shamelsss plug: For an in-depth survey of early writers of frontier fiction, read How the West Was Written (to obtain a copy, click here).
Coming up: Richard Prosch, Devil’s Run