Title Profile & Character Information

The Ox-Bow Incident

Annotation
Set in 1885,The Ox-Bow Incidentis a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, which Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature. As Wallace Stegner writes, [Clark's] theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Characters
NameCarter, Gil
GenderMale
OccupationRanch hand

NameCroft, Art
GenderMale
OccupationRanch hand

GenreClassic
Western
Psychological
Tragedy
Book tie-in
    --Movie
Fiction
TopicsCattle rustling
Murder
False accusations
Vigilantism
SettingBridger's Wells, Nevada
Frontier