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How The West Was Written
by Brian Brennan

How The West Was Written 
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  James H. Gray was the first Canadian social historian to tackle such previously taboo subjects as the sex lives and boozing habits of the early settlers. His books were on the national and Toronto Star bestseller lists before those of Pierre Berton and have since become classics of Canadian literature. Gray's Red Lights on the Prairies stunned readers with its straight-forward approach to prostitution on the prairies and was named one of the one hundred most important Canadian books of all time by the Literary Review of Canada.

Brian Brennan traces Gray’s life from his early years to his prolific late-period career as a social historian who produced an impressive, entertaining series of books about prairie life during the first half of the twentieth century.

Brennan draws on information gleaned from interviews with Gray family members and associates, from such well-known Gray books of the 1960s and 1970s as The Winter Years, Men Against the Desert,The Boy from Winnipeg, Red Lights on the Prairies, and Booze, from Gray’s newspaper articles, and from his research papers, correspondence and diaries. Brennan covers the Gray story with engaging wit and impressive authority.

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Weight:0.36 kg
Price: CDN$ 25.95 (US$ 25.25)
Author:Brian Brennan
Publisher:Fifth House Ltd
Publication Date:2006
Pages:226 pp
Size/Dimensions:8 x 5


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