Riders of the Purple Sage is Zane Grey's best-known novel. Originally published in 1912, it was one of the earliest works of Western fiction and played a significant role in popularizing that genre. Riders of the Purple Sage tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her church. The events depicted in Riders of the Purple Sage occur between the mid-spring and the late summer of 1871. This radio version is from Hollywood Star Time on May 12, 1946 starring George Montgomery and Lynn Bari.