Warlock; ink and gouache on letraset paper; 8.25 x 11.75 inches; shop

Warlock, by Oakley Hall

A big, impossible book – impossible because it's a Western, because it trades in every expected dodge and scheme and stock character of the Western genre, because its ambitions lean against its own form but in the end never exceed it, because it wanders into dark barrooms and across soulless plains only to emerge, again and again, before the false fronts of manliness and identity. Mostly it's about losers: doomed men with names like Morgan and Curley. Nearly 500 pages of gloaming death and choking dust. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Made into a movie with Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn. 

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