The Virginian (100th Anniversary) (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 1, 2002 - Fiction - 400 pages
22 Reviews
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

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Review: The Virginian

User Review  - Harry Lane - Goodreads

Billed as the seminal western, this book first published in the early 1900s is a classic. It is well written, with characters that sit up and bark. There is action, but there is also romance. And the ... Read full review

Review: The Virginian

User Review  - Gwen Bartlett - Goodreads

I was surprised how much I liked this book. It was humorous, romantic, and very well written. I expected a traditional wester/animal story, but it was all about people, their feelings, their attitudes, their beliefs. Great book! Read full review

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About the author (2002)

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).

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