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Owen Wister (1860–1938)

Auteur de The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains

55+ oeuvres 2,849 utilisateurs 54 critiques 2 Favoris

A propos de l'auteur

Owen Wister was born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 14, 1860. He graduated from Harvard University in 1882 and studied musical composition in Paris for two years. He spent the summer of 1885 in Wyoming for his health. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1888 and was admitted to the bar in afficher plus 1889. He practiced law for two years in Philadelphia and continued to spend his summers in the West. In 1891, after the acceptance by Harper's of two of his Western sketches, he decided to pursue a literary career. His works included Lin McLean, The Virginian, Lady Baltimore, and Roosevelt: The Story of a Friendship, 1880-1919. He also wrote a number of children's books. He died on July 21, 1938. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins
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Œuvres de Owen Wister

The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (1902) 2,341 exemplaires, 43 critiques
Lady Baltimore (1906) 62 exemplaires, 1 critique
Lin McLean (1998) 54 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Classic Westerns (Leather-bound Classics) (2017) — Contributeur — 53 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Pentecost of Calamity (2007) 25 exemplaires
Roosevelt,: The story of a friendship, 1880-1919 (1978) 24 exemplaires, 1 critique
Owen Wister Out West: His Journals and Letters (1958) 23 exemplaires, 1 critique
Red Men and White (2009) 21 exemplaires
Ulysses S. Grant (2012) 21 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Seven Ages of Washington (2016) 19 exemplaires
A Straight Deal or The Ancient Grudge (2007) 15 exemplaires, 1 critique
Members of the Family (2007) 15 exemplaires
When West Was West (1935) 11 exemplaires
The Virginian: The Complete First Season (2010) — Original novel — 6 exemplaires
A Journey in Search of Christmas (2009) 6 exemplaires, 1 critique
How doth the simple spelling bee (2015) 5 exemplaires
Mother (2004) 4 exemplaires
Neighbors Henceforth (1922) 3 exemplaires
The Virginian and Other Westerns (2010) 3 exemplaires
The Virginian [2000 TV movie] (2000) — Writer — 2 exemplaires
Owen Wister / Pentecost of Calamity 1915 (1915) 2 exemplaires, 1 critique
Owen Wister papers 1 exemplaire
Owen Wister, Collection novels (2014) 1 exemplaire
The Virginian [Teleplay-Movie of the Week-Blue Revised Draft] — Author (novel) — 1 exemplaire, 1 critique
Padre Ignactio 1 exemplaire
The Eight Hours Day 1 exemplaire
Poverty and Waste 1 exemplaire
O Maioral I Livro 2 1 exemplaire
Specimen Jones 1 exemplaire
Ecologues 1 exemplaire
The Jimyjohn Boss 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

The Family Mark Twain (1935) — Contributeur — 438 exemplaires
The Best of the West: An Anthology of Classic Writing from the American West (1991) — Contributeur — 262 exemplaires, 1 critique
A Century of Great Western Stories-An Anthology of Western Fiction (2000) — Contributeur — 106 exemplaires
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (1982) — Contributeur — 103 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Rise of Silas Lapham [Norton Critical Edition] (1885) — Contributeur — 99 exemplaires
The illustrations of Frederic Remington (1970) — commentator — 70 exemplaires
Notes on a Cellar-Book (1978) — Préface, quelques éditions59 exemplaires, 1 critique
Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to Mexico (1914) — Avant-propos, quelques éditions57 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Great Tales of the American West (1945) — Contributeur — 45 exemplaires, 1 critique
Great Tales of the West (1982) — Contributeur — 30 exemplaires, 1 critique
King Solomon's Mines and Other Adventure Classics (2016) — Contributeur — 29 exemplaires
The Romance of the Last Crusade (1923) — Préface — 20 exemplaires
Done in the Open (1900) — Introduction — 20 exemplaires
Confederate Battle Stories (Civil War Series) (1992) — Contributeur — 19 exemplaires
Unbridled Spirits: Short Fiction about Women in the Old West (1994) — Contributeur — 10 exemplaires
Great Western short stories (1967) — Contributeur — 9 exemplaires
Representative American Short Stories — Contributeur — 5 exemplaires, 1 critique
Yellowstone Reader (2003) — Contributeur — 3 exemplaires
Other days (1921) — Préface — 1 exemplaire


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The Virginian à Westerns (Avril 2012)


Published in 1902 and widely regarded as the book that set the conventions of the western genre. It is well-written, in that unhurried way familiar to lovers of good Victorian literature. It is basically a romance, telling the story of the long courtship of a young, highly-educated schoolmistress just arrived from the east, by the titular character, the Virginian, a cowboy whose name we never find out.

So it's undoubtedly a romance, but it's much more than that. It's a character study of the character of the Virginian, and a love letter to the frontier, to the untamed and beautiful wilderness and the character of its people. The descriptions have the authority of an author that actually was there and saw the old west with his own eyes. There are lynchings and gunfights, but the are not really the point of the story.

Although the writing is good, it may seem strange that the narrative point of view changes. We start with third-person subjective, from the point of view of an eastern visitor that becomes a friend of the Virginian, and we discover that character and the western setting through his eyes. Later, the point of view becomes third person omniscient. Probably the reason for that is that the novel grew from several short stories that the author had written previously.

I found it quite enjoyable, and very readable more than a century after being written.
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jcm790 | 42 autres critiques | May 26, 2024 |
Classic western writen in 1902. Fun read.
bentstoker | 42 autres critiques | Jan 26, 2024 |
Owen Wister, best known for his classic western The Virginian, published this little Christmas western story in 1904. It’s a fun and charming story of a cowboy who arrives in Cheyanne, Wyoming after a long cattle drive at Christmas time in 1887. With his pockets full of a few month’s worth of pay, Lin McLean’s original plan was to get sauced during the holiday. Then he comes upon an old friend who invites him to go Christmas shopping with him. The Governor/Doctor has a long list of constituent’s and patient’s children he intends to buy for. As Lin follows his friend in the quest for gifts, he soon discovers the spirit of Christmas that has eluded him for most of his life.
A JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF CHRISTMAS is a really nice choice for holiday reading, especially if you like stories from Victorian times set in the American West. The prose reminded me of Dickens, just not quite as long-winded.
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