Western is a genre populated by cowboys, gunslingers, and gunplay, set against the backdrop of the Old West. Westerns are normally novels set in the western United States mainly from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the twentieth century. Landscape is an important feature of the genre, and a sense of timelessness often pervades these stories, making it difficult to identify the exact time or place of the setting. The hero is usually a loner with a mission. Revenge and betrayal are common motifs.
Louis L'Amour is one of the most popular writers in the genre. More literary incarnations include Charles Portis' True Grit and Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Western romance is a brand of western that has romance at the center of the story, and is generally targeted at female readers.
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