To the Last Man (Grey novel)

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To the Last Man
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Author Zane Grey
CountryUnited States
Genre Western
Publisher Harper & Brothers (US hardback) &
Forge (US paperback)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages311 pp (hardback); 288 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN 0-8125-6465-0 (paperback edition)
OCLC 45577928
LC Class CPB Box no. 2090 vol. 18

To the Last Man: A Story of the Pleasant Valley War is a 1921 western novel written by Zane Grey.



To The Last Man is a shorter version of Tonto Basin . Grey submitted the manuscript of Tonto Basin to the magazine The Country Gentleman, which published it in serialization as To the Last Man from May 28, 1921, through July 30, 1921. This was a much shorter version of the original, omitting much of the backstory. This shorter version was published by Harper Brothers.

Plot introduction

It is a story of a family feud healed by young love. The story is based on a factual event involving the notorious Hashknife gang of Northern Arizona.

Plot summary

The story follows an ancient feud between two frontier families that is inflamed when one of the families takes up cattle rustling.

The ranchers are led by Jean Isbel and, on the other side, Lee Jorth and his band of cattle rustlers.

In the grip of a relentless code of loyalty to their own people, they fight the war of the Tonto Basin, desperately, doggedly, to the last man, neither side seeing the futility of it until it is too late. And in this volatile environment, young Jean finds himself hopelessly in love with a girl from whom he is separated by an impassable barrier.

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