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CLAY REYNOLDS. Hero of a Hundred Fights: Collected Stories from the Dime Novel King, from Buffalo Bill to Wild Bill Hickok

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CLAY REYNOLDS. Editor. Hero of a Hundred Fights: Collected Stories from the Dime Novel King, from Buffalo Bill to Wild Bill Hickok. Sterling Publishing. 438 pages; hardcover, $24.95, e-book $8.95; sterlingpublishing.com.

No one is more responsible for the creation of the American than Ned Buntline, a prolific dime novelist who was credited with more than 400 titles, 24 of which were set in the American West. The “inventor” of Buffalo Bill, he was called “The King of the Dime Novel.” This collection offers a sampling of the very best of Buntline’s canon with an introduction that identifies the many elements of western fiction that Buntline invented and established as standard for the American western.