ISBN-10: 0743436539

ISBN-13: 9780743436533

Edition: 2002

Authors: Owen Wister, Owen Wister

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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 8/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 3.25" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

A Philadelphian and grandson of the actress Fanny Kemble, Owen Wister was educated in private schools in the United States and abroad and graduated from Harvard University with highest honors in music. After suffering a nervous breakdown, he traveled to Wyoming to recover his health. He then made frequent trips back to the West. His only well-known novel, The Virginian (1902), a bestseller for years, is a pioneer western about a man Wister considered to be the "last heroic figure" of America. It was dedicated to his lifelong friend Theodore Roosevelt, another outdoorsman and lover of the West, whom he had met when they were both students at Harvard. Although often ignored as serious literature, Wister's novel with its archetypal hero has widely influenced popular western novels and films. Two of Wister's reprinted books are Lin McLean (1898) and Lady Baltimore (1906).

To the Reader
Re-dedication and Preface
Enter the Man
"When You Call Me That, Smile!"
Steve Treats
Deep into Cattle Land
Enter the Woman
Through Two Snows
The Sincere Spinster
The Spinster Meets the Unknown
Where Fancy Was Bred
"You're Going to Love Me Before We Get Through"
Quality and Equality
The Game and the Nation--Act First
Between the Acts
The Game and the Nation--Act Second
The Game and the Nation--Last Act
Scipio Moralizes
"Would You Be a Parson?"
Dr. MacBride Begs Pardon
The Judge Ignores Particulars
In a State of Sin
"What Is a Rustler?"
Various Points
A Letter with a Moral
Progress of the Lost Dog
Balaam and Pedro
Grandmother Stark
No Dream to Wake From
Word to Bennington
A Stable on the Flat
The Cottonwoods
Superstition Trail
The Spinster Loses Some Sleep
"To Fit Her Finger"
With Malice Aforethought
At Dunbarton
Literary Allusions and Notes
Critical Excerpts
Suggestions for Further Reading
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