(From the publisher):
Reveals in microcosm the heroic and gritty themes that characterized both his novels and films. Stories such as "Mulligans" and "A Glass of Blessings" explore the seedy underbelly of human desire, while "A Horse for Mrs. Custer" quietly celebrates the dedication of men and women who act above and beyond their capabilities during war and upheaval. Although these stories were written over a span of three decades, their themes of generational conflict, hypocrisy, loss, sacrifice, love, and war remain fresh and startling. Alternately funny and uncomfortable, Swarthout captures the postwar tensions of twentieth-century Americans.
Easterns and Westerns includes one unpublished novella and thirteen stories, some of which have appeared in national magazines such as Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and the Saturday Evening Post. One of these, "A Glass of Blessings," was an O'Henry Prize Short Story in 1960. Another, "A Horse for Mrs. Custer," became a 1956 Western film for Columbia Pictures; 7th Cavalry, starring Randolph Scott and Barbara Hale. A third story, "Mulligans," has been made into a short comedy film.
- A Glass of Blessing
- Four Older Men
- Poteet Caught up in Lust and History
- What Every Man Knows
- Gersham and the Saber
- O Captain, My Captain
- Pancho Villa's One-Man War
- A Horse for Mrs. Custer
- The Attack on the Mountain
- Going to See George
- Death to Everybody over Thirty
- The Ball Really Carries in the Cactus League because the Air Is Dry
- Movin' on Out
Original title: Easterns and Westerns
Genre: Fiction→ Western
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