Did You Know That Famous Author Zane Gray was a Dentist before Becoming an Author?

Zane Gray, one of the first millionaire authors and the man behind more than 90 books, was not just a successful writer; he also was a baseball player, fisherman and a dentist.

Interestingly enough, Gray always had a love of writing, but became a dentist right after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. He specifically set up his dental practice in one of the most competitive areas of New York City so he could be close to all the top publishers.

Dentist by day and writer by night, Gray struggled financially until, with the help of his wife, Dolly, he improved his writing ability and found a niche in the area of Western novels.

His all-time best seller was Riders of the Purple Sage. It is also known as one of the most successful Western novels of all time.

We think our own Dr. Marchbanks resembles Zane Gray – what do you think?

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Ok, maybe not.

About Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S.

Dr. Mark Marchbanks has practiced dentistry in Arlington Texas since 1983. He enjoys caring for patients young and old. You can find Dr. Marchbanks on
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