Zane Grey in Morris Chair photograph   Save
Norris F. Schneider Collection
Description: This photograph shows writer Zane Grey seated in one of his Morris chairs at his home in Altadena, California in this 5 by 6.25-inch (12.70 by 15.88 cm) photograph taken in the 1930s. The furniture company of Englishman William Morris first produced the chairs that became associated with his name in the late 19th century. They were predecessors to 20th century recliners. Grey owned several Morris chairs. Pearl Zane Grey (1872-1939) was born in Zanesville, Ohio, a town founded by his mother's ancestors. In his youth Gray was a semiprofessional baseball player and a dentist, having half-heartedly studied dentistry while on a baseball scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania. He married Lina Roth, whom he called Dolly, in 1905. She fostered his writing career, serving as editor, manager, and muse. More than 130 million Zane Grey novels are in print worldwide. During his lifetime, Grey wrote 89 books, including 56 Western novels. The avid sportsman's larger-than-life personality and adventure-filled books influenced early 20th-century popular culture. There were 115 movies made from Zane Grey novels, the first in 1915 and the most recent, a remake of Riders of the Purple Sage, in 1996. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1908_1980932_001
Subjects: Literary Ohio; Authors; Grey, Zane, 1872-1939; Chairs
Places: Zanesville (Ohio); Muskingum County (Ohio); Altadena (California)