The Virginian (100th Anniversary)

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Penguin, Apr 1, 2002 - Fiction - 400 pages
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His background is shadowy, his presence commanding. He brings law and order to a frontier town and wins the love of a pretty schoolteacher from the East. He is the Virginian—the first fully realized cowboy hero in American literature, a near-mythic figure whose idealized image has profoundly influenced our national consciousness. This enduring work of fiction marks his first appearance in popular culture—the birth of a legend that lives with us still.

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I think I have to put this down for a while. I'm not able to concentrate right now and although there are some beautifully written parts, I'm having trouble getting into the story. Read full review

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“The Virginian’s pistol came out, and his hand lay on the table, holding it unaimed. And with a voice as gentle as ever, the voice that sounded almost like a caress, but drawling a very little more ... Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Dedication REDEDICATION AND PREFACE
Enter the
When You Call Me That Smile
Steve Treats
Deep into Cattle Land
Enter the Woman
Through Two Snows
The Game and the NationLast
Scipio Moralizes
Would You Be a Parson?
Dr MacBride Begs Pardon
The Judge Ignores Particulars
In a State of
What Is a Rustler?
Various Points

The Sincere Spinster
The Spinster Meets the Unknown
Where Fancy Was Bred
Youre Going to Love Me Before We Get Through
Quality and Equality
The Game and the NationAct First
Between the Acts
The Game and the NationAct Second
A Letter with a Moral
Progress of the Lost
Balaam and Pedro
Grandmother Stark
No Dream to Wake From
Word to Bennington

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Owen Wister was born in Philadelphia in 1860, the son of a prominent Philadephia physician. After graduating from Harvard, studying music in Paris, and starting work in a New York bank, he suffered a nervous breakdown and was sent to recuperate at a Wyoming ranch. This was Wister’s first contact with the American West and the first of many visits there. Returning East, he pursued a successful career as a lawyer, enjoyed close friendships with such notable figures as Theodore Roosevelt, and wrote of his experiences and feelings about the American West in articles and stories that reached their high point in The Virginian in 1902. An immediate and enduring bestseller, the novel was to be Wister’s major contribution to American literature. He died in 1938.

Max Evans is best known for his novel The Rounders, which was made into a film starring Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda in 1965, and The Hi-Lo Country, which also became a film in 1998.

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