Kelton, Elmer

Author: Elmer Kelton
Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition
ISBN: 978-0385133159
Copyright: March 1978
Pages: 253

Hewey Calloway has a problem. In his West Texas home of 1906, the land and the way of life that he loves are changing too quickly for his taste.Hewey dreams of freedom - he wants only to be a footloose horseback cowboy, endlessly wandering the open range. But the open range of his childhood is slowly disappearing: land is being parceled out, and barbed-wire fences are springing up all over. As if that weren't enough, cars and other machines are invading Hewey's simple cowboy life, stinking up the area and threatening to replace horse travel. As Hewey struggles against the relentless stream of "progress, " he comes to realize that the simple life of his childhood is gone, that a man can't live a life whose time has passed, and that every choice he makes - even those that lead to happiness - requires a sacrifice.

Editorial Reviews

The Good Old Boys is probably the closest I have ever come to writing from sheer inspiration. Hewey Calloway and the other characters took hold of the story like a cold-jawed horse grabbing onto the bit, and about all I could do was hang on for the ride.” ―Elmer Kelton

“One of the best of a new breed of Western writers who have driven the genre into new territory.” ―The New York Times

Texas Tradition Series

Author: Elmer Kelton
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
ISBN: 978-0385133159
Copyright: January 1, 1985
Pages: 258







Author: Elmer Kelton
Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition
ISBN: 978-0812575996
Copyright: April 15, 1999
Pages: 306







Barbed WireBitter Trail
Bowie's Mine
Day the Cowboys Quit, The
Far Canyon, The
Good Old Boys, The

Honor at Daybreak
Hot Iron
Joe Pepper
Living and Writing in West Texas
Man Who Rode Midnight, The

Many a River
Pecos Crossing
Shadow of a Star
Six Bits a Day (Hewey Calloway)
Time It Never Rained, The
Wolf and the Buffalo, The