Mormon Arts Center

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

Jan. 31

Author Zane Grey was born on this day (1872). His most successful novel is about Mormon characters, Riders of the Purple Sage (1912). It tells the story of Jane Withersteen, a young Mormon woman who is conflicted between her family and "gentiles" that surround them. As literature, it shaped the genre of the Western novel, sparked multiple films, and has been called "the most popular western novel of all time." It also stoked the interest in Anti-Mormon literature and film. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riders_of_the_Purple_Sage

Glen Nelson