The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains

Open Road Media
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The novel that introduced the first great American hero: the cowboy

The Virginian cuts an impressive figure when the unnamed narrator of Owen Wister’s groundbreaking novel first encounters him in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Dark-haired and physically imposing, the charismatic Virginian quickly befriends the narrator, whom he nicknames “the tenderfoot,” and the two embark on a three-hundred-mile journey to the ranch where the Virginian works. Life on the frontier is unforgiving—filled with hardship and violence—and as they travel together, the tenderfoot recognizes all the ways in which the stoic and principled Virginian exemplifies the heroism and romance of life in the Wild West.

Published in 1902 and considered to be the first true Western, The Virginian broke the trail for every great poet of the frontier, from Zane Grey to Louis L’Amour to John Ford.

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About the author

Owen Wister (1860–1938) was a classmate of Theodore Roosevelt’s at Harvard University and an editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He frequently traveled in the American West, and the region inspired much of his fiction, including the groundbreaking novel The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains, considered by many to be the first true Western. 
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
May 27, 2014
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781480483866
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Westerns
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