Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains

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Owen Wister (1860—1938)



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Romantic novel by Owen Wister, published in 1902 as a companion piece to his Lin McLean (1898).

This tale of the cowpunchers of the Wyoming cattle country during the exciting 1870s and '80s is chiefly concerned with the adventures of a handsome, heroic figure known only as “the Virginian,” his chivalry and daring, and his successful wooing of Molly Wood, a pretty schoolteacher from Vermont. The celebrated phrase, “When you call me that, smile!,” is one of the many colloquial expressions with which the book is peppered.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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