The Virginian

The Virginian

A Horseman Of The Plains

Book - 1998
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The Virginian (1902) is Owen Wister's classic popular romance, and the most significant shaping influence on cowboy fiction. Its narrator, fresh from the East, encounters in Wyoming cattle country a strange, seductive and often violent land where the handsome figure of the Virginian battlesfor supremacy with Trampas and other ne'er-do-wells. His courtship of the genteel Vermont schoolteacher, Molly Wood, is a humourously observed battle of the sexes, demonstrating that the 'customs of the country' must eventually prevail. Rich in vernacular wit and portraying a romanticized escapefrom the decorum of the patrician East, The Virginian exudes a sense of redemptive possibility, drawing on Wister's experience of a summer spent on a Wyoming ranch in 1895. This edition includes Wister's neglected essay, `The Evolution of the Cow-Puncher' (1895), a revealing companion to a novel that has disturbing undercurrents.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780192832269
0192832263
Branch Call Number: FIC Wiste
Characteristics: xxxvii, 351 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shulman, Robert 1930-

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