America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 21-23.

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Henry, Will. Chiricahua.  New York: Lippincott, 1972.

Henry Wilson Allen wrote Westerns under the pseudonyms Clay Fisher and Will Henry.  The novels written as Clay Fisher tend to be more like conventional Westerns, featuring heroes and villains confronting each other in somewhat generic Western settings, with a romance hanging in the balance and providing a subplot.  On the other hand, the novels written as Will Henry tend to focus on historical events and to reflect the author’s special interest in entering into the Native American point of view on those events.

For Chiricahua, Henry received one of several Spur Awards given to him by the Western Writers of America.  Focusing on the 1883 uprising of the Apaches under Chato. The novel has a very complex structure, focusing on a broad range of characters across a considerable geographic distance.  The characters are familiar types, but Henry gives each of…

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