Owen Wister's paladin of the plains : The Virginian as a cultural hero
Smith, David A.
PublisherSouth Dakota State Historical Society
In 1902, Owen Wister published The Virginian : A Horseman of the Plains. It is possible the most widely read novel ever written by an American. Smith explores the origins of Wister's cowboy hero and the reasons behind the public's enthusiastic acceptance of him at the time when the United States was becoming a global power. The article also examines the continuing influence of The Virginian's cowboy hero on America today.
CitationSouth Dakota History vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 47-77
Wister, Owen, 1860-1938
The Virginian (1902)