Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton was born in Andrews County, Texas, USA on April 29th, 1926 and passed away at the age of 83 on August 22nd, 2009.

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Elmer Kelton Stats: The highest rated book by Elmer Kelton on Book Notification is The Pumpkin Rollers, a Standalone novel. The second-highest rated book is The Time It Never Rained, a Standalone novel.

The most read book by Elmer Kelton on Book Notification is The Time It Never Rained, a Standalone novel. The second most read book is Bitter Trail, a Standalone novel.

Below is a complete list of Elmer Kelton books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series.

List of Tales of Texas Books in Publication Order

List of Texas Tradition Books in Publication Order

List of Sons of Texas Books in Publication Order

List of Hewey Calloway Books in Publication Order

List of Texas Rangers Books in Publication Order

List of Buckalew Family Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8
Hot Iron
1956
2
Buffalo Wagons
1957
3
7
Bitter Trail
1959
4
Texas Rifles
1960
5
Donovan
1961
6
6
Pecos Crossing
1963
7
Horsehead Crossing
1963
8
Shotgun Settlement
1969
9
Bowie's Mine
1971
10
10
The Time It Never Rained
1973
11
8
Barbed Wire
1980
12
Eyes of the Hawk
1981
13
8
Llano River
1982
14
Shadow of a Star
1984
15
6
Hanging Judge
1988
16
Slaughter
1992
17
The Best Christmas
1993
18
The Indian in Frontier News
1993
19
The Far Canyon
1994
20
10
The Pumpkin Rollers
1996
21
8
Cloudy in the West
1997
22
Christmas at the Ranch
2003
23
6
Shotgun
2007
24
Many a River
2008

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Looking Back West: Selections form the Pioneer News-Observer
1972
2
Permian: A Continuing Saga
1985
3
Elmer Kelton: 30 Years of Western Fiction
1985
4
Living and Writing in West Texas: Two Speeches
1990
5
The Art of Howard Terpning
1992
6
The Art of Frank C. McCarthy
1992
7
The Art of James Bama
1993
8
Elmer Kelton Country: The Short Nonfiction of a Texas Novelist
1993
9
My Kind of Heroes: Selected Speeches
1995
10
Texas
1995
11
Texas Cattle Barons: Their Families, Land and Legacy
1999
12
Prairie Gothic (By: John R. Erickson)
2005
13
Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer
2007
14
Tom Lovell: Storyteller with a Brush
2020
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List of Elmer Kelton Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Horsing Around: Contemporary Cowboy Humor
1991
2
New Trails: Twenty-Three Original Stories
1994
3
The Best of the American West II
1999
4
A Century of Great Western Stories
2001
5
Lone Star Law
2005
6
Noah’s Ride
2006
7
6
Lost Trails
2007
8
The Way of the West
2008
9
4
Law of the Gun
2010
10
Ghost Towns
2010
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Elmer Kelton: Biography

Elmer Kelton (Elmer Stephen Kelton) was born on April 29th, 1926. Elmer passed away August 22nd, 2009 at 83 years old. Elmer Kelton was born in Andrews County, Texas, USA.

Elmer Kelton (Elmer Stephen Kelton) is probably best known for his Standalone Novels. There are currently 24 novels available. The first standalone was released in 1956 with the novel Hot Iron. The most recently released novel was Many a River which was released in 2008.

Elmer Kelton also wrote the Non-Fiction Books series which has 14 books including Looking Back West: Selections form the Pioneer News-Observer and Permian: A Continuing Saga.

Elmer Kelton tied for first for the 1981 Spur Award in the Western Novel category, Lee Head was the other winner.

Elmer Kelton: Awards & Accolades

Elmer Kelton won the Owen Wister Award, Saddleman Award, in 1977.

Kelton's books have also won multiple awards, Buffalo Wagons won the Spur Awards, Western Novel, in 1957. The Day the Cowboys Quit won the Spur Awards, Western Novel, in 1971. The Time It Never Rained won the Spur Awards, Western Novel, in 1973. Eyes of the Hawk won the Spur Awards, Western Novel, in 1981. Slaughter won the Spur Awards, Novel of the West, in 1992. The Far Canyon won the Spur Awards, Novel of the West, in 1994. The Way of the Coyote won the Spur Awards, Western Novel, in 2002.

Elmer Kelton: F.A.Q

When was Elmer Kelton Born?

Elmer Kelton was born on April 29th, 1926.

When did Elmer Kelton die?

Elmer Kelton died on August 22nd, 2009 at 83 years old.

Where was Elmer Kelton Born?

Elmer Kelton was born in Andrews County, Texas, USA.

What awards has Elmer Kelton won?

Elmer Kelton has won the following awards: Saddleman Award at the Owen Wister Award (1977).

What book awards has Elmer Kelton won?

Buffalo Wagons: Spur Awards Western Novel (1957).
The Day the Cowboys Quit: Spur Awards Western Novel (1971).
The Time It Never Rained: Spur Awards Western Novel (1973).
Eyes of the Hawk: Spur Awards Western Novel (1981).
Slaughter: Spur Awards Novel of the West (1992).
The Far Canyon: Spur Awards Novel of the West (1994).
The Way of the Coyote: Spur Awards Western Novel (2002).

What was the first book Elmer Kelton wrote?

The first novel written by Elmer Kelton was Hot Iron, published in 1956.

What was the most recent book Elmer Kelton wrote?

His most recently released work was Law of the Land on November 16th, 2021.

How many books has Elmer Kelton written?

Elmer Kelton has written 74 books across 11 series.
  • 3 books in the Tales of Texas Series
  • 8 books in the Texas Tradition Series
  • 3 books in the Sons of Texas Series
  • 3 books in the Hewey Calloway Series
  • 10 books in the Texas Rangers Series
  • 2 books in the Buckalew Family Series
  • 24 Standalone Novels
  • 8 Short Story Collections
  • 13 Non-Fiction Books

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