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Hall, Oakley M.

Works: 72 works in 271 publications in 4 languages and 8,220 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Political fiction  Biographical fiction  Western fiction  History  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Librettist, Conceptor
Classifications: PS3558.A373, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Oakley M Hall
Most widely held works by Oakley M Hall
Warlock by Oakley M Hall( Book )

49 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the big novel that some day was bound to some day come out of our proud Western tradition. It is the story of a lonely marshal who was as much outside the law as the terrorists he was hired to destroy, and of the town he tried to rid of violence. Drawing on events known to have happened on the Southwest frontier of the 1880s, Oakley Hall not only has brought to life one of the most vivid periods of out national history, but has done it with a storytelling impact of a rare order. When the tale opens, Warlock, a territorial mining settlement, is in a state of virtual siege a the hands of a gang of desperado cattle rustlers led by a wanton killer. With no means of law enforcement other than a deputy sheriff, a Citizens Committee takes over and hires a "peace" officer, Clay Blaisedell, renowned gunman. The novel's action spans the year during which he his Warlock's marshal-- a year that begins in fear and desperation, and ends in a holocaust of violence. Blaisedell, fearless and righteous, ignites this tragic chain of events when he kills a man by mistake, unleashing treacheries, attempted lynchings, murders, and "walks" to kill down the main street. Out of the large cast of characters emerges a series of arrestingly realized personalities, from Blaisedell, a native son in the tradition of Wyatt Earp, to George Holloway, drunken judge "by acceptance" and voice of doom with his taunts of "Where is the law? Who are you? Where is your responsibility? Besides sweeping along on a rip-tide of mounting action, Warlock presents a searching drama of ever-widening circles of conflict which ultimately involve an entire town in common disaster. It is a powerful and a deeply imaginative novel that Oakley Hall has produced-- one that brings him to the high ground of American fiction -- Book jacket
The Bad Lands by Oakley M Hall( Book )

15 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leaving New York for the Bad Lands of Dakota Territory, Scottish emigre Lord Machray earns himself the respect of the frontier guides with his marksmanship and true grit, but his eastern accent and wealth brand him an outsider. When he stakes a homestead claim on land another man wants, he walks into a crossfire of greed and hate. The tale of a man forced to fight for his life in a country so dangerous and untamed its very name is legend
Apaches : a novel by Oakley M Hall( Book )

6 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are a handful of great novels about the American West, and Oakley Hall has written two of them-- Warlock and The Bad Lands. Now, with Apaches, Oakley Hall completes his monumental trilogy, bringing together two of the mightiest legends of the frontier. The setting : New Mexico in the 1880s. In the midst of the bloody Lincoln County Wars, the dark fates of a young cowboy and an Indian chief are linked with epic force. Apaches is a sweeping saga of outlawry-- of the violence that explodes from the tumultuous conflict from independent men bound to the old frontier ways caught in the inexorable drive of civilization. At the center of this bold and lustful tale are : Caballito, the courageous chief of the Bosque Alto Apaches, a fierce and intelligent warrior who foresees the tragic destiny of his race. Johnny Angell, a pretty cowboy and a deadly shot who sets out to become a righteous avenger of wrongs ... and finds himself branded an outlaw. Patrick Cutler, a nonconformist cavalry officer who valiantly leads a team of Apache scouts and is said to prefer them to his own people. Lily, Maginnis, a magnetic, cultivated woman who struggles to make a civilized life in a raw and corrupt territory outpost. Frank Maginnis, Lily's husband, a lawyer from an established Eastern family, who fights against the injustices surrounding the death of a beloved rancher. Jack Grant, a humorless and totally dedicated sheriff known to "always get his man," now on the trail of Johnny Angell. Apaches is a story of grand adventure, drama, and romance-- of white men's swindles, Indian attacks, avenging posses, passionate love affairs, and larger-than-life villains and lawmen. With great authenticity and vitality, Oakley Hall brings to life a tale of unforgettable characters who turned the wilderness into history, and history into legend -- Book jacket
Ambrose Bierce and the queen of spades : a mystery novel by Oakley M Hall( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A witty mystery in 1880s San Francisco featuring the anti-feminist journalist, Ambrose Bierce, as he investigates the murder of prostitutes. The tale is narrated by his young assistant, Tom Redmond. By the author of The Bad Lands
The art & craft of novel writing by Oakley M Hall( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love and war in California by Oakley M Hall( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having come of age in World War II California only to lose his classmates to the war, Payton Daltrey explores recurring themes throughout the rest of his life as he experiences true love, the horrors of Japanese internment camps, and the state's jazz days
Ambrose Bierce and the death of kings by Oakley M Hall( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and French and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once again the hero is the historical figure Ambrose Bierce -- William Randolph Hearst's star journalist and San Francisco's most celebrated writer. This time Bierce is investigating the disappearance of a Hawaiian princess attached to King Kalakaua's entourage. As the aged king slowly expires in the Palace Hotel's Royal Suite, San Francisco plays host to a throng of Hawaiian royal courtiers and counselors embroiled in a swirl of political intrigue surrounding the successor to the throne. As Bierce and his protégé, Tom Redmond, search for the missing princess, Hall weaves a wonderfully tangled narrative of murder and mystery
The coming of the kid : a novel by Oakley M Hall( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The adventures of a tenderhearted lush who talks to horses, a red-headed stinkpot brat, a dwarf with a traveling pharmacy, a world-weary grizzly named Duke, an army of dark, violent riders, and perhaps even the Devil himself-- all are part of the magic of The Coming of the Kid. In this salty and irresistible fable, Oakley Hall pays homage to the legends of the Old West, serving them up with subversive good humor. This is the story of how the marvelous and long-awaited Kid, preceded by a host of phonies, is finally summoned to rescue the Territory from Big Mac, the outlaw king, and his corrupt followers. A gathering of unforgettable characters is heard from ; each tells his share of the tale, and each vivid new voice puts a new and uncanny angle on things. There is Henry "Holdfast" Plummer, the dark and puritanical marshal and whorehouse bounce; J.D. Dockerty, who falls off a horse with the glorious Milady-- with the golden Florrie as a consequence; the gentle Lieutenant Grace, who runs out of luck and is struck as blind as Oedipus; and there is the marvelous Kid-- found as a babe (some say) floating down the river in a coffin. With the abundant humor and skeptical affection that characterize the work of Mark Twain, Hall delivers a wonderfully gritty frontier landscape of dusty mesas and rockstrewn peaks, fabulous lost mines and Victorian castles. It's landscape peopled with sad, drunken cavalry and crazy Kimanches, shadowy madams and virginal schoolmarms, Chinese cooks and Frenchmen named Frenchie, and the ghosts of some wonderful characters that fans of the classic Warlock and The Bad Lands will recognize. A bawdy, magical and thoroughly engaging novel from the author of The Downhill Racers and The Children of the Sun -- Book jacket
The children of the sun by Oakley M Hall( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ambrose Bierce and the one-eyed Jacks by Oakley M Hall( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ambrose G. ("Almighty God") Bierce, San Francisco's legendary newspaperman and sometime-sleuth, is hardly surprised to be consulted by William Randolph Hearst when the latter's mistress finds herself photographically compromised. But in the rough 1890s Bay Area streets, Hearst's isn't the only case on the boil. Bierce and his sidekick Tom Redmond follow a trail of murder that leads from a sinister British yachtsman to a photographer of female flesh, via the beauty queen of the Portuguese Pentecostal festival; white slavers; a slave ship and the Chinese girls who have been imported on it; tong hit men; Dionysian revels; and a shocking photography ring. Bierce's unraveling of it all sheds a blinding light on parental guilt and fin-de-siècle morality. The third in Hall's Ambrose Bierce series
Separations by Oakley M Hall( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Grand Canyon country of the 1880s is the setting of Oakley Hall's compelling new novel. As the plot unfolds, the West of the late nineteenth century is displayed in all its vastness and complexity. Hall carries us from the wild, perilous depths of the Canyon to the drawing rooms of San Francisco, from the desolate Mormon settlements and Indian camps of the Southwest to the haciendas of Old California. And he reveals once again his consummate power as a storyteller as he brings to life the fierce conflicts of the day - between rapacious mining and railroad barons eager to exploit the riches of the West and those who would preserve its beauty pristine; between Mormons and Gentiles; between land-hungry whites and beleaguered Indians; between men and the women they would love, and use. And the fiercest conflict of all - between man and nature
How fiction works : the last word on writing fiction, from basics to the fine points by Oakley M Hall( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1989, Oakley Hall published The Art and Craft of Novel Writing, a classic text that Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Stone called "simply the best book in print to examine the strategies and necessities involved in the making of a novel."" "In How Fiction Works, Hall has expanded and deepened his instruction, adding exercises and new examples as well as advice on all forms of fiction, including short stories, short-short stories and novels. He covers every fictive technique, from plot and characterization to word choice, voice and style." "The key to Hall's teaching method is his brilliant use of examples. Throughout the book, he emphasizes the importance of reading and evaluating fiction with an eye toward craft. To this end, he offers more than one hundred excerpts from literature, illustrating through analysis and advice how fiction works."--Jacket
Lullaby by Oakley M Hall( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ambrose Bierce and the trey of pearls by Oakley M Hall( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The arrival in San Francisco of three beautiful young suffragists could be linked to the murder of Reverend Divine, a famed advocate of spiritualism, the female vote, and temperance, and Ambrose Bierce and Tom Redmond join forces to investigate
Ambrose Bierce and the ace of shoots by Oakley M Hall( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oakley Hall's Ambrose Bierce mystery series has gained an impressive list of devotees, from Richard Ford to Diane Johnson and Amy Tan to Thomas Keneally. The sights, sounds, and smells of 1890s San Francisco surround readers as larger-than-life Ambrose "Bitter" Bierce tracks California's notorious criminal minds. The fifth volume in the series, "Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots follows the outspoken newspaperman as he and his associate Tom Redmond hunt down a celebrity shooter. When Colonel Studely brings his world-famous Wild West Show to town, he gets more than just a warm welcome. As the parade makes its way down Market Street, the colonel is shot dead. With clues and sinister motives--a trail of seduction, a vengeful train robber, a haze of opium--emerging from every direction, Bierce is stymied, but pierces the fog to reveal the true culprit. "Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots is a rough-and-tumble romp through gritty old San Francisco
Corpus of Joe Bailey, a novel by Oakley M Hall( Book )

11 editions published between 1953 and 1984 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amerika, ten tijde van de depressie, aan de vooravond van de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Joe en Con kunnen niet helemaal van elkaar houden, maar ook niet zonder elkaar. Hun vriend Peter heeft een vreemde en tragische relatie met hen
The Adelita by Oakley M Hall( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report from Beau Harbor by Oakley M Hall( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A game for eagles by Oakley M Hall( Book )

3 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The downhill racers by Oakley M Hall( Book )

13 editions published between 1963 and 1988 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ambrose Bierce and the queen of spades : a mystery novelThe art & craft of novel writingLove and war in CaliforniaAmbrose Bierce and the death of kingsAmbrose Bierce and the one-eyed JacksSeparationsHow fiction works : the last word on writing fiction, from basics to the fine pointsAmbrose Bierce and the trey of pearlsAmbrose Bierce and the ace of shoots