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The Virginian By Owen Wister

The Virginian
by Owen Wister

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The Virginian Summary


The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister

The Virginian (1902) is Owen Wister's classic popular romance, and the most significant shaping influence on cowboy fiction. Its narrator, fresh from the East, encounters in Wyoming cattle country a strange, seductive and often violent land where the handsome figure of the Virginian battles for supremacy with Trampas and other ne'er-do-wells. His courtship of the genteel Vermont schoolteacher, Molly Wood, is a humourously observed battle of the sexes, demonstrating that the 'customs of the country' must eventually prevail. Rich in vernacular wit and portraying a romanticized escape from the decorum of the patrician East, The Virginian exudes a sense of redemptive possibility, drawing on Wister's experience of a summer spent on a Wyoming ranch in 1895. This edition includes Wister's neglected essay, `The Evolution of the Cow-Puncher' (1895), a revealing companion to a novel that has disturbing undercurrents. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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The Virginian Reviews


An excellent edition. / Rhys Williams, Warwick University

About Owen Wister


Robert Shulman is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Washington.

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GOR002638141
The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister
Owen Wister
Oxford World's Classics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2009-03-26
400
0199554102
9780199554102
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