Archives On The Air 176: Man Without A Star—Dee Linford Papers

Dec 18, 2019

Cover of 10 Story Western Magazine, August 1940. Box 2, Dee Linford papers.
Credit American Heritage Center

Dee Linford grew up in Wyoming before he was drafted into the Marines in World War II. Linford was stationed in Japan.

In a letter home he wrote:

"I would trade it all for one old fashioned cocktail, as put up by my favorite bartender in Cheyenne. In short, I am just one of several million bored and perhaps disillusioned G.I.s. I want to go home, kiss my wife, and plant corn. After which, given the opportunity, I should like to personally throttle with my two hands the son of a bitch [gun] who invented war."

After the War Linford went on to write over 200 pulp western stories and novels. He often used the classic western plot where a rich landowner exploits settlers until a lone hero rides in to save the day.

Linford's 1952 novel "Man Without A Star" was made into Hollywood movies twice. One film starred Kirk Douglas.

Explore Dee Linford's West at UW's American Heritage Center.