The masked rider. by Hoffman Birney ...
Place of origin
Quarry Bank, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)
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The story of the Masked Rider, a cowboy with a secret identity is now far more familiar to film buffs than to book readers. With the American frontier confined to the historical past, it is likely that Western Fiction would have fallen out of fashion by the beginning of the twentieth century had it not been due to influence of Hollywood on the genre. The Masked Rider was published in 1929, ten years after the 1919 series of short films starring an unknown hero who rides to the rescue of persecuted civilians of the Wild West. Western fiction was as much inspired by film as the other way around and readers would undoubtedly have consumed both with equal passion. Unlike many classic western films however, the books are now largely unknown. Hoffman Birney’s take on this timeless theme of a masked hero, centres on a dispute over the ownership of a ranch. The whereabouts of the ranch is hidden and the protagonists have to follow a secret trail in order to find it. Alongside this drama are the usual problems of rustlers and outlaws. The writing is fast-paced and easy to follow. It is a book designed to be rapidly consumed.
288 p. ;. 20 cm. Provenance: Blue rubber stamp on inside front cover and flyleaf: `Styal Village Club Library'. `1930' on inside front cover, presumably accession date.In pencil on flyleaf: `[QBM] Resource Bank 2.87'. Old inventory number at front and rear: STQBM.845. Binding: Publisher's case, covered in red cloth, with black lettering on spine, embossed borders on front cover. Dirty.
Makers and roles