Alice Mary Norton was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and educated at Western Reserve University. She was a librarian for the Cleveland Library System for eighteen years. She legally changed her name to Andre Alice Norton in 1934 to appeal to a predominantly male audience. She became a full-time professional author in 1958, writing as Andre Norton, Andrew North and Allen Weston. She was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and she won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the SFWA in 1983.
"Rebel Spurs" is a novel that begins in the aftermath of the Civil War. In 1866, only men uprooted by war had reason to ride into Tubacca, Arizona -- a nondescript town as shattered and anonymous as the veterans drifting through it. So when Drew Rennie, newly discharged from Forrest's Confederate scouts, arrivesleading everything he owned behind him -- his thoroughbred stud Shiloh, a mare about to foal, and a mule -- he knows his business will not be questioned. To anyone in Tubacca there could be only one extraordinary thing about Drew, and that he could not reveal: his name, Rennie.
Drew had come west from Kentucky to find a father he had thought dead until the year before. Kinship with a man like Hunt Rennie, however -- the legendary Don Cazar, owner of a matchless range and prize stallions -- was not a claim to be made quickly or lightly. Posing as Drew Kirby the young veteran contrived to get himself and his friend Anse hired as corral hands at Rennie's Range, but he was hardly prepared for the suspicion and danger which stood between him and his father. As hotheaded as his father, Drew was ready to move on toCalifornia -- until the day all proof of his Rennie name was stolen from him, and his unwarranted arrest for horse-thieving brought on the accusations of the one man whose trust he needed.