Zane Grey wrote 78 books in the first two decades of the twentieth century. They were mostly romances of the American West, bestsellers in his day, and continue to be popular a century later. His portrayals of cowboys and Indians, Mormons and lawmen have come to be part of American culture, influencing the way the West is viewed to this day. More than a hundred movies have been based on his writings.
The settings for Grey's sagas ranged widely over the west, from the Mississipi across the plains and mountains to the desert and the Pacific coast. Some of his most famous and characteristic stories were set in the cowboy country of the high plains and intermountain basins, and the redrock canyons of Utah. He traveled extensively and took careful notes - the landscapes he describes are based on reality.
In addition to writing, Grey was a fanatic fisherman. He travelled the west, and the world, fishing fresh and saltwater, and wrote a number of books about fishing.