First published in 1940, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. Set in 1885, 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 author Walter Van Tilburg Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature. As Wallace Stegner commented, "[Clark's] theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country."Clark, Walter Van Tilburg is the author of 'Ox-Bow Incident', published 2004 under ISBN 9780812972580 and ISBN 0812972589.