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The Virginian

a horseman of the Plains

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Published by Macmillan in New York, London .

About the Book

The Virginian (1902) is Owen Wister's classic popular romance, and a significant shaping influence on cowboy fiction. Its narrator, fresh from the East, encounters in Wyoming cattle country a beautiful, baffling, and sometimes violent land where the handsome figure of the Virginian battles Trampas for supremacy and demonstrates that the "customs of the country" must eventually prevail. In his courtship of the Vermont schoolteacher, Molly Wood, the Virginian encounters a battle of a different kind. Rich in vernacular wit and portraying a romanticized escape from the decorum of the patrician East, The Virginian conveys a sense of redemptive possibility drawing on Wister's ranching, hunting, and fishing trips in Wyoming and Montana between 1885 and 1900. This edition includes Wister's neglected essay, "The Evolution of the Cow-puncher" (1895), a revealing companion to a novel that has disturbing undercurrents. - Back cover.


Library of Congress
PS3345 .V57 1902x

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viii, 504, [6] p., [8] leaves of plates :

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