Other literary forms
Throughout his long and meritorious career, Paul Horgan was known as widely for his short fiction and nonfiction as for his novels. Most of his short fiction is found in three collections, but the best of his stories appear in The Peach Stone: Stories from Four Decades (1967). Like his fiction, Horgan’s histories and biographies revolve around events and people of the American Southwest. His most prestigious history is Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History (1954), but The Centuries of Santa Fe (1956) and Conquistadors in North American History (1963) are also important works. His biographies, most notably Lamy of Santa Fé: His Life and Times (1975) and Josiah Gregg and His Visions of the Early West (1979), vividly chronicle the struggle of individuals and the clash of Spanish and American Indian cultures on the southwestern frontier. Horgan’s work in drama includes the play Yours, A. Lincoln (pr. 1942) and the libretto to A Tree on the Plains: A Music Play for Americans (pb. 1943), an American folk opera with music by Ernst Bacon. His Approaches to Writing (1973) is composed of three long essays explaining his craft. Horgan’s novel A Distant Trumpet was filmed in 1964; Things as They Are was filmed in 1970.