By (author) F Stanley
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Clay Allison by F Stanley
Book DescriptionMost writers are impressed by three things in the life of Clay Allison: That he had a tooth pulling bout with a dentist; that he rode the streets of Canadian, Texas, clothed only in a gun belt; and that he went back to Tennessee to marry his childhood sweetheart. Perhaps none of these incidents are hardly capable of exciting the imagination of the intelligent reader, but they do tend to set up a curiosity about this famous Western character. Eleven years of research and thirty thousand miles of travel are the props on which the author built this story. It is not surprising that he should come up with a human being who is surprisingly capable of feats more commendable than those other Western legendary characters hit upon by most writers of Western folklore. Exciting tales of gun slingers are not always true tales. Here we find have both combined. "An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocations as names," says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. "As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer." With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley. The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley's titles have now reached the status of expensive collector's items. This new edition in Sunstone's Southwest Heritage Series includes a new foreword by Marc Simmons, an excerpt from F. Stanley's biography by Mary Jo Walker, a tribute to F. Stanley by Jack D. Rittenhouse (also from the biography), and an article on Clay Allison by Norman Cleaveland.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780865346857
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Sunstone Press
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author F Stanley
Desperados of New Mexico, Paperback / softback (August 2015)
Originally published: Denver, Colorado: World Press, 1953, with title Desperadoes of New Mexico.
Civil War in New Mexico, Paperback / softback (August 2011)
Originally published: Denver: World Press, 1960.
No Tears for Black Jack Ketchum, Paperback / softback (August 2008)
Thomas Edward "Black Jack" Ketchum was executed for an attempt to hold up the C. & S. train between Des Moines and Folsom in the northeastern corner of New Mexico. Ketchum was to be made an example in an effort to prevent further robberies, however his misplaced bravery outshone the more widely known Billy the Kid.
Grant That Maxwell Bought, Paperback / softback (March 2008)» View all books by F Stanley
In this volume, published originally in an edition of 250 numbered and signed copies, Stanley (Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola) takes on the task of telling the complex story of the Maxwell Land Grant.
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