Brand Fans -> General Discussion about Max Brand -> THE LONE RIDER - Meaning of Title?

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willhr (An aside: Sorry my name appears so often on recent topics. I'm not trying to dominate the discussion. I'm just having a lot of fun reading Faust's stories for the first time, and I'm surprised there is so little activity on this forum. Is it possible Max Brand is simply not read much anymore? I hope more folks discover and appreciate his work, and start to chime in.)

Back to topic: I just enjoyed this very early (1917) Max Brand story, but his reason for the title eluded me at first, given that no important character ever rides a horse (except an iron one) throughout the entire novel. Apparently, the early magazine editors were also puzzled by the title because they changed it to "Fate's Honeymoon."

Has anyone else any thoughts about the meaning of this title? I'll hold off revealing my theory about it until others have a chance to say something.

By the way, this book is very enjoyable reading with rich characterizations.
deadbeard I haven't read the book, but I'd like to hear the theory.
willhr The more I think about it, the less I understand how Faust went about choosing his titles. I've read 7 stories so far -- all wonderful -- and 6 have straightforward, completely understandable titles; no thought is required to figure their meaning. This story's title, though, is different. It can only refer to a plan the protagonist formulates near the end to hop a horse and disappear in the remote mountains where, remaining aloof and on the move he may possibly be able to redeem himself. Whether he carries out the plan or not I'll leave undisclosed.

I understand the title's reference but not why Faust chose it. Jon Tusca's bibliography on this site shows a lot of instances through the years where editors differed with Faust over titles. I'll have to read more to try to find out about Faust and his titles.
Keith Chapman Editorial tampering with text and titles is a subject dear to my heart!

Part of my Christmas break this year has been spent reading THE LONE RIDER, given me as a gift in the Leisure Books edition. It is, of course, way, way from being the first Max Brand book I've read and enjoyed, but it is significant in that I understand the novel was Faust's first.

The title is truly inexplicable, and I find it hard to believe the explanation suggested here that it was the author's own original choice. In fact, I assumed at first it had been put on FATE'S HONEYMOON by much later paperback editors, as a title more likely to appeal to the readers of the better-known Brand westerns.

But surely something both more "western" and <i>relevant</i> could have been found. For instance, and admittedly not giving it too much throught, SHOWDOWN IN THE SIERRAS would have suited the story much better.

Maybe somebody at the Golden West agency would be kind enough to throw some truer light on the history of THE LONE RIDER as the book's title.