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Saunders, Red. Red Saunders was created by Henry W. Phillips and appeared in fourteen stories and four novels and short story collections from 1900 to 1932, beginning with “A Chance Shot” (McClure’s, Aug. 1900).

Red Saunders is a Tall Tale Taller. He is a ranch foreman on the frontier in the Dakota territories. He is a giant, a tall-tale-teller, a man of huge appetites and huger stories who talks about his past and his enlistment in the “Alcoholized and Impetuous Order of Apaches” and his encounter with the best Mexican fiddler in the West. He even solves crimes.

* I'm including the Red Saunders stories and novels in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because they are enjoyable to read. Tall Tale Telling and the Western frontier go way back together, and so do stories about Tall Tales and Tall Tale Tellers and the Western frontier. A lot of those stories are moderately enjoyable, if a bit aged by now. The Red Saunders stories have aged slightly, but they have a very 20th-century feel to them, a sprightliness and clean smoothness that many of the other Western Tall Tale Tellers' stories lack. The Red Saunders stories and novels are fun, basically; not historically important, not adventurous, not political. Just fun, as we get one outlandish (and still funny) story after another. The Red Saunders stories are early 20th-century humor that still works a century later, which is no small thing. Recommended. 

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