The Ox-Bow Incident (Modern Library Classics) (Mass Market)

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Clark's novel turns the western hero on his head. If anything, this is an indictment of frontier machismo. The pacing, the character portrayals, the use of scenery and weather, time of day, and mood are perfect. Main themes include an examination of Wild West law and order balanced against mob action, as well as societal culpability versus personal culpability.

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Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, which Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature. As Wallace Stegner writes, [Clark's] theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country.

About the Author


Wallace Stegner's many books include Crossing to Safety, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Angle of Repose.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780812972580
ISBN-10: 0812972589
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: April 27th, 2004
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics