The Virginian A Horseman of the Plains

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1988-08-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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This classic tells the story of the Wyoming ranch foreman known only as the Virgianian, his courtship of school teacher Molly Starkwood, and his encounters with the murdering cattle rustler, Trampas.

Author Biography

Owen Wister was born in Philadelphia to Owen Jones Wister, a physician, and Sarah (Butler) Wister, daughter of the actress Fanny Kemble. After graduating from Harvard in 1882, Wister spent some time in the West and documented his experiences in a series of diaries. In 1891, after a conversation in which Wister and his former Harvard classmate Theodore Roosevelt discussed the literary potential of Wister's impressions of Western life, Wister began writing stories of America's last frontier, which paved the way for The Virginian. Wister's stories helped establish the cowboy as an archetypal, individualist hero, and The Virginian is widely recognized as the first true Cowboy novel

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
To the Readerp. xxiii
Re-Dedication and Prefacep. xxv
Enter the Manp. 1
"When You Call Me That, Smile!"p. 6
Steve Treatsp. 19
Deep into Cattle Landp. 27
Enter the Womanp. 37
Em'lyp. 40
Through Two Snowsp. 52
The Sincere Spinsterp. 55
The Spinster Meets the Unknownp. 59
Where Fancy Was Bredp. 66
"You're Going to Love Me Before We Get Through"p. 76
Quality and Equalityp. 85
The Game and the Nation--Act Firstp. 91
Between the Actsp. 97
The Game and the Nation--Act Secondp. 102
The Game and the Nation--Last Actp. 108
Scipio Moralizesp. 125
"Would You Be a Parson?"p. 129
Dr. MacBride Begs Pardonp. 137
The Judge Ignores Particularsp. 141
In a State of Sinp. 145
"What Is a Rustler?"p. 155
Various Pointsp. 162
A Letter with a Moralp. 169
Progress of the Lost Dogp. 173
Balaam and Pedrop. 183
Grandmother Starkp. 196
No Dream to Wake Fromp. 218
Word to Benningtonp. 220
A Stable on the Flatp. 230
The Cottonwoodsp. 239
Superstition Trailp. 246
The Spinster Loses Some Sleepp. 259
"To Fit Her Finger"p. 268
With Malice Aforethoughtp. 272
At Dunbartonp. 295
Literary Allusions and Notesp. 309
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 321
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