Synopses & Reviews
“Pain resulting from other men's follies causes Stand Proud's Frank Claymore to develop an iron will that heeds no man's judgment except his own, nor any woman's. Some of his decisions are wrong, and the price of pride proves high.”— Elmer Kelton
The jarring strike of the clock in the towering cupola drew Frank Claymore's unwilling eyes to the two-story courthouse.
Frank Claymore is not easy to like—to admire, maybe, but not to like. He is cantankerous, stubborn, and intolerant—the very qualities that make him a success as an open-range cattleman on the West Texas frontier.
In one of his most memorable novels, acclaimed Western writer Elmer Kelton follows Frank Claymores life from the time of the Civil War to the dawn of the 20th century—through marriage, births, deaths, and a creeping change in the society that once hailed him as a hero, but which later has him condemned and tried for murder.
“Elmer Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority. His knowledge of the states history is complete, too—drawn from the lives of real people.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In "Stand Proud," one of his most controversial novels, legendary Western writer Elmer Kelton takes on a character who is not as easy to like as he is to admire. Frank Claymore is cantankerous, stubborn, and intolerant--just the qualities that make him a success as an open-range cattle rancher on the West Texas frontier. Stand Proud follows Claymore form the time of the Civil War to the dawn of the twentieth century--through marriage, births, deaths, and a creeping change in the society that once hailed him as a hero, and which later has him condemned as a despoiler and tried for murder. Based in part of legendary rancher Charles Goodnight, Claymore is only one example of the many men who dreamed of cattle, and through their dedication to that dream came to change the face of Western history.
In one of his most memorable novels, acclaimed Western writer Kelton follows Frank Claymore's life from the time of the Civil War to the dawn of the 20th century--through marriage, births, deaths, and a creeping change in the society that had once hailed him as a hero. Reissue.
About the Author
Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Mens Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.