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The Virginian By Owen Wister Arthur I. Keller The Virginian In the untamed West pioneers came to test their fortunes and their wills The Wyoming territory was a harsh unforgiving land with its own unwritten code of honor by which men lived and died Into thi
  • Title: The Virginian
  • Author: Owen Wister Arthur I. Keller
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  • Page: 306
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  • The Virginian By Owen Wister Arthur I. Keller In the untamed West, pioneers came to test their fortunes and their wills The Wyoming territory was a harsh, unforgiving land, with its own unwritten code of honor by which men lived and died Into this rough landscape rides the Virginian, a solitary man whose unbending will is his only guide through life The Virginian s unwavering beliefs in right and wrong are soonIn the untamed West, pioneers came to test their fortunes and their wills The Wyoming territory was a harsh, unforgiving land, with its own unwritten code of honor by which men lived and died Into this rough landscape rides the Virginian, a solitary man whose unbending will is his only guide through life The Virginian s unwavering beliefs in right and wrong are soon tested as he tries to prove his love for a woman who cannot accept his sense of justice at the same time, a betrayal by his most trusted friend forces him to fight against the corruption that rules the land Still as exciting and meaningful as it was when first published one hundred years ago, Owen Wister s epic tale of a man caught between his love for a woman and his quest for justice exemplifies one of the most significant and enduring themes in all of American literature With remarkable character depth and vivid passages, The Virginian stands not only as the first great novel of American Western literature, but as a testament to the eternal struggle between good and evil in humanity With an engaging new introduction by Gary Scharnhorst, professor of English at the University of New Mexico, this volume is an indispensable addition to the library of American Western literature.
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      Owen Wister was born on July 14, 1860, in Germantown, a neighborhood within the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania His father, Owen Jones Wister, was a wealthy physician, one of a long line of Wisters raised at the storied Belfield estate in Germantown His mother, Sarah Butler Wister, was the daughter of actress Fanny Kemble.EducationHe briefly attended schools in Switzerland and Britain, and later studied at St Paul s School in Concord, New Hampshire and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was a classmate of Theodore Roosevelt, an editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Alpha chapter Wister graduated from Harvard in 1882.At first he aspired to a career in music, and spent two years studying at a Paris conservatory Thereafter, he worked briefly in a bank in New York before studying law, having graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1888 Following this, he practiced with a Philadelphia firm, but was never truly interested in that career He was interested in politics, however, and was a staunch Theodore Roosevelt backer In the 1930s, he opposed Franklin D Roosevelt and the New Deal.Writing careerWister had spent several summers out in the American West, making his first trip to Wyoming in 1885 Like his friend Teddy Roosevelt, Wister was fascinated with the culture, lore and terrain of the region On an 1893 visit to Yellowstone, Wister met the western artist Frederic Remington who remained a lifelong friend When he started writing, he naturally inclined towards fiction set on the western frontier Wister s most famous work remains the 1902 novel The Virginian, the loosely constructed story of a cowboy who is a natural aristocrat, set against a highly mythologized version of the Johnson County War and taking the side of the large land owners This is widely regarded as being the first cowboy novel and was reprinted fourteen times in eight months 5 The book is dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt.Personal lifeIn 1898, Wister married Mary Channing, his cousin.The couple had six children.Wister s wife died during childbirth in 1913, as Theodore Roosevelt s first wife had died giving birth to Roosevelt s first daughter, Alice.Wister died at his home in Saunderstown, Rhode Island He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

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    1. This novel , The Virginian, the first real western book published, in 1902, began the genre , as a popular art form in America, the wild cowboy and the schoolmarm, cattle rustling, the lynchings, Indian attacks, an explosive card game, the deadly shoot out between the good guy, and the villain in the streets of a little, isolated, dusty town in the lawless, mostly empty , Wyoming territory of the 1880 s, when cattle was king and vast cowherds roamed free on government lands, without any fences T [...]


    2. I cannot believe that I sat in American Lit reading Hawthorne when I could have been reading this If you have never heard of this book, then I am not sure why just as I am not sure why I had never heard of it It is surely Romantic, and sometimes Heroic, but there is a depth of emotion, wit, and thought in this work which made me question how American it could be.Of course, the author spent some schooling time in Europe, and holds a dear enough place for Austen and Shakespeare not to descend into [...]


    3. The western genre isn t one that I m very familiar with, having read in my impressionable early teens some of my uncle s Tabor Evans Longarm series paperbacks And let me just say for the record that the only thing the main character Longarm wasn t riding was a horse.Consequently, my only reading forays into western literature haven t been along the lines of Zane Gray s Riders of the Purple Sage so much as Evans Rider of the Purple Nippled Wench my title, not his As a result, I ve been leary in t [...]


    4. I have been meaning to get to this book for years, literally It s one of the novels I m sure my dad read and he wasn t really a reader, at least not when I knew him.I m sure that some of you will like this book far better than I do I think that it s an exceptionally well written novel The prose is at times almost musical, in it s way There are two things that caused me to have a struggle with my interest now and then.First this novel is predominantly a romance It is indeed a western with a very [...]


    5. The Virginian, Oh What a Man Wow, this was so good I could not put it down The Virginian is the most incredible, honest, honorable, handsome sigh hero to come along the pike in a long long time And what a scamp, LOL at his plot to switch the babies clothes and all around, so that the parents took home the wrong kids, had to come back to the Judge s ranch, leaving Molly the new teacher alone for him to call on Lots of love, laughter and excitement as the Virginian falls for the new teacher from t [...]


    6. I don t often read westerns, but this is a classic The virginian is your typical cowboy in the white stetson, he s even nice to his horse.There s the usual characters, the baddie, the innocent dupe and the tenderfoot who is also the narrator.Plus it adds another state to the trip around the USA.


    7. THE VIRGINIAN 1902 Owen Wister This was another book on my pile of guilt novels one of those classics that I kept meaning to read but never got around to doing so I finally did It was well worth it in a sad0 masochistic way What you have here is the grand daddy of all cowboy novels It was the inspiration for all succeeding novels, plays, movies and TV shows that came after that featured cowboys of the Old West It was immensely popular at the time, going through fifteen printings in its first ei [...]


    8. This surprised me with how awesome it was, and the whole reason I picked it up in the first place is because Nancy had to explain to me a weird Owen Wister reference in The Art of Fielding.The first piece of news is that this does not take place in Virginia I NEVER SAW THE MOVIES It takes place in Wyoming Considered by some to be the first Western or so the internet tells me , this is a series of related stories about the Virginian of the title, who is apparently so impressively manly that the n [...]


    9. I only saw ebook editions of this, although I have an old hardback at home downloaded the audio book from the library I read this as a teen, maybe 40 years ago liked it a lot better I have a feeling I skimmed through a lot of the first part Listening to it just got to be a drag.It s told in a rather odd way by a guy that knows the Virginian, a third person limited, but then it slips into third person omniscient in other places That didn t harm the story at all, though It was also well read.What [...]


    10. Written in 1902, The Virginian is the original western novel from which we get many of the cowboy stereotypes and famous lines that would become staples, such as Smile when you call me that and I ll give you till sundown to leave town I enjoyed it almost as much as Zane Grey s Riders of the Purple Sage, with which it has a lot in common, namely a hero, his love interest, a villain and cattle rustling.


    11. It s a shame to have a book on my favorites shelf and never get around to reviewing it This book is credited with being the first true Western written The tale of the Virginian and how he made good in the West He was from Virginia, hence the nickname in a land where men were often known by their handle than their Christian name only once, near the end, do we hear what that name is Then there is the matter of the Eastern lady schoolteacher who comes out with high ideals of bringing civilization [...]


    12. To think that the western movies, TV shows, space westerns, etc were merely the shadows of this book, published in 1902 The impetus to read this book came from listening to Teddy Roosevelt s biography The west made a big impression on TR and this book and Owen Wister were largely responsible for his, and our, romantic images Lots has been written on this Gun fights High Noon Dramatic and memorable music Moral dilemmas did not exist within the code of the west Good was clear, simple and triumphan [...]


    13. A friend told me, before I read this book, that it was one of the most romantic books she had ever read What did she mean by romantic, I wondered Was it the Regency swash buckling, bodice ripping type, or something meaningful My friend was correct This was, perhaps, the ultimate romantic novel It skillfully weaves a story of the Adam and Eve type, where man yearns for what he lacks and finds it in the woman who completes him Having been married for 25 years myself, I have learned and come to ap [...]


    14. A funny thing happened while I was reading The Virginian The book was nothing but cliches, and yet it seemed fresh and alive This surprised me How was that possible Then it hit me Wister invented the cliches This is where the cliches of the Western came from Every dusty Western town and literary cattle drive since has borrowed something from this book.Yet Wister s Old West isn t the Old West of later books The narrator of the story is an Easterner who goes west on various trips over a period of [...]


    15. The Virginian was the inspiration for The Shopkeeper The inspiration didn t come from the main character of the novel, but from the life of Owen Wister, the author of this classic Originally published in 1902, Wister visited the Old West in the late nineteenth century and wrote from personal experience Although the Virginian can be a somewhat difficult read today, I liked it because Wister wrote from the personal experiences he recorded in his journal I ve never seen the journal, but I ve read e [...]


    16. Written in 1902, The Virginian is considered the first Western It has also been voted among the best It is a true Western with all of the cowboy stories and a fair share of muted violence, but it is also a textbook Romance with a school teacher from Vermont as the object of the Virginian s affections.The book is quite well written and the description of the landscapes is magnificent The pacing can seem quite slow at times, but all episodes lead up to the ending I listened to the first 75% of the [...]


    17. For anyone fascinated by how the myth of the Western hero came into being, this is the book to read Published in 1902, it became hugely popular for decades and inspired movies a version with Gary Cooper in 1929 and a long running TV series 1962 1971 A modern reader could easily guess the storyline without reading a synopsis the classic elements are all there tall, dark, handsome cowboy hero pretty schoolmarm from back East the villain who must finally face justice at the end of a gun.Few histori [...]


    18. This classic is considered by many to be the first Western It certainly has most if not all the tropes now considered to be standard for that genre The hero, whose name we never learn, is a young man of about 24 when the story opens and at that time, he has already been on his own for 10 years and has traveled and worked in most of the West The descriptions of life in Wyoming in the period after the Civil War 1870s was well drawn and the romance between the cowboy and the schoolteacher from Verm [...]



    19. My enjoyment of this one was rather uneven there were parts where I couldn t put it down, and other parts where I just had no interest at all It was a nice change from the types of novels I normally read, though.


    20. Beware of the Frog This is what, as I would recommend, should be put as a warning appendix to the title of Owen Wister s famous Western novel The Virginian , which was first published in 1902 because, as I felt, one third of the novel in some way or other centres on the preparation and consumption as well as the harvest of our amphibious friends The Virginian is commonly regarded as t h e literary forebear of the western, next to James Feni Cooper s Leatherstocking Tales, and it probably has bee [...]


    21. A most excellent western Reread January 2012 in preparation for upcoming TJEd Face to Face seminar I am not sure where my critical capacities were the other times I ve read this book This time I pulled way out of it than ever before Sure, some of the metaphors are a little far fetched, the way the author spells out the Virginian s drawl gets old, but all in all, this is a wonderful book The moralizing is mostly well embedded but when it s not, it s told in a reasonable and humorous way There s [...]


    22. This book, published in 1902, has been hailed as the first Western The Virginian of the novel is the forefather of Hondo and Shane and every other strong but silent cowboy found in films Here s a snippet 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 than usual, so that there was almost a space between each word, he issued his orders to the man Trampas [...]


    23. How have I never read this book before It s a little bit The Count of Monte Cristo, a little bit A Pair of Blue Eyes, and a little bit Little House on the Prairie, with a dash of High Noon and I m going to say it Twilight thrown in It s not a perfect book the pacing is uneven sometimes and while I liked the way the narrator elbowed himself into the story every few chapters, it wasn t always clear how he knew some things but not others Is there such a thing as a semiscient narrator But it s a lov [...]


    24. This book may turn some off because its style of writing is over 100 years old I enjoyed it thoroughly, however, and feel that it is an American classic As many have stated, it is the consummate western, yet owes much to books that have come before it It has a strong romantic strain reminiscent of an Austin novel, but can also be tough and gritty The book is also quite philosophical and is a great source for quotes.Someone who is looking for a L Amour western should steer clear of The Virginian, [...]


    25. I put read, but that s not technically right I only got part way through the first chapteror something like that, before I gave up So I can t really give it a rating ButI love the TV show made after it it s probably my favorite The reading was just a little too slow, a little too old for me But my Granddaddy who told me I should read it and loaned me the book said it was a good read, mostly because it showed in a literal sense how proper romance was conducted back then So, having said all that, [...]


    26. I definitely enjoyed it It is certainly slow moving by modern standards and with many asides that don t pertain to the main thrust of the story, but most of those were interesting reading and often quite funny Wister had a witty way of writing You can defnitely see how the conventions of the western novel were developed in this one, and The Virginian is a prototypical western hero Overall, I enjoyed it quite a lot.


    27. I listened to this as an audio book from my library It was wonderfully written The stories had me laughing out loud or holding my breath waiting to see what was going to happen next or sobbing The story of the baby swap was my favorite I grew up watching the old TV show from the 1960s with James Drury and Lee J Cobb I could still see all of their faces as I listened to Gene Engene read the book to me Perfect


    28. The titular Virginian is propably the most badass character ever created in fiction The country teacher can t help falling in love with him, and the author obviously couldn t help it too the manner in which he describes the Virginian and his actions are hilarious and awesome at the same time.


    29. I had watched some of the TV series before I read the book and knew that there would be differences, but wow I wasn t preparedJudge Garth Know as Judge Henry in the book He s married yeeeep and is just kindaere He has no real personality.Mrs Garth Very awesome and she s great I m bitter she wasn t in the book .Trampas In the TV show, he s the Virginian s right hand man in the book, Trampas is hella evil So very evil.Molly The Virginian s love interest in the book I have strong feelings about her [...]


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