The Hero of a Hundred Fights

The Hero of a Hundred Fights by Ned Buntline with intro by Clay Reynolds

Collected Stories from the Dime Novel King, from Buffalo Bill to Wild Bill Hickok

by Ned Buntline, edited and introduced by Clay Reynolds

At a time when the West was still being won, when its living legends had not yet assumed the stature of folk heroes, Edward Zane Carroll, better known to the world as Ned Buntline, not only wrote about these heroes—he was one of them. Assuming the role of a sailor, soldier, duelist, showman, gambler, bigamist, and rabble rouser, Buntline was above all a writer—and arguably the most successful dime novelist of his day.

Now western novelist and literary critic Clay Reynolds brings Ned Buntline’s best-loved work back into popular culture in THE HERO OF A HUNDRED FIGHTS: Collected Stories from the Dime Novel King, from Buffalo Bill to Wild Bill Hickok (June 2011, Union Square Press). With an in-depth introduction that traces Buntline’s life and work, and extensive notes setting out bibliographical details and acute literary analysis for each story, as well as an historical examination of the importance that Ned Buntline’s works played in shaping the forms and frames for modern fiction.

Stories include:

  • Buffalo Bill, the King of Border Men, or The Wildest and Truest Tale I’ve Ever Told
  •  Hazel-Eye, the Girl Trapper, or A Tale of Strange Young Life
  • The Miner Detective; or, the Ghost of the Gulch
  • Wild Bill’s Last Trail

Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine Interview with Clay Reynolds by Dale L. Walker