Nebraska Authors

Wayne C. Lee

AKA: Pseud. Lee Sheldon

Born 1917-07-02 Lamar, NE (USA)

Died 2010-12-05
Imperial, NE (USA)

The author wrote some 54 books (the last never published), 700 short stories, plays and poems and 400 plus songs, according to his obituary.

Wayne's Wild Towns of Nebraska and his Bad Men and Bad Towns are among his best known non-fiction titles. He was also a prolific writer of western fiction.

For many years Lee was on the board of the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Chase County Historical Society.

Lee belongs to a distinguished tradition of Nebraska born writers of westerns, see also George W. Barrington, Eugene Manlove Rhodes and George Shedd, as well as Edwin Booth.

Places Lived

Imperial, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Western fiction; Western non-fiction; Nebraska subject matter


Graduated from Chase County High School in Imperial in 1935.


Rural mail carrier

Places Worked

Lamar, Nebraska;


Western Writers of America (vice-president board member)
Christian Authors Guild
Board of the Nebraska State Historical Society
Chase County Historical Society


Prairie Vengeance. 1954.
Broken Wheel Ranch. 1956.
Slugging Backstop. 1957.
His Brother's Gun. 1958.
Killer's Range. 1958.
Bat Masterson. 1960.
Gun Brand. 1961.
Blood on the Prairie. 1962.
Thunder in the Backfield. 1962.
Stranger in Stirrup. 1962.
The Gun Tamer. 1963.
Devil Wire. 1963.
The Hostile Land. 1964.
Gun in His Hand. 1964.
Warpath West. 1965.
Fast Gun. 1965.
Mystery of Scorpion Creek. 1966.
Brand of a Man. 1966.
Trail of the Skulls. 1966.
Show Down at Julesburg Station. 1967.
Wild Towns of Nebraska.
Bad Men & Bad Towns. 1993.
Trails of the Smoky Hill. 1980.

Three-Act Plays
More than four hundred short stories in thirty different magazines

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