In this Book
- Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon
- Published by: Utah State University Press
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Set in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, the stories are a loosely tied string of old timer's yarns with a continuing cast of engaging characters, whom Kiskaddon avoids reducing to cowboy stereotypes. They include, as Siems describes them, "Kiskaddon himself as the character Shorty. As a common waddy with a small man's feistiness and a young man's mischief, Shorty encounters the wicked world with a succession of companions: Bill, high-headed and a bit of an outlaw; Rildy Briggs, untamable and unstoppable young cowgirl; and Ike, an old-fashioned dandy and 'a very fortunate person.' More or less in the background is the Boss-actually a series of Bosses-generally affectionately respected as long as he remains democratic in his dealings with the waddies. Buffoonery is provided by a succession of pompous characters, from townspeople who look down their noses on wild, unwashed waddies to professors from the East who have read books on how ranches should be run."
Table of Contents
- List of Illustrations & Poems
- pp. vii-viii
- 9. Rustlers and Romance [Includes The Wrangler]
- pp. 113-127
- 11. Last Stories
- pp. 153-157
- pp. 163-171
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