Owen Wister

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Owen Wister (July 14, 1860 – July 21, 1938) was an American writer and historian, considered the “father” of western fiction. He is best remembered for writing The Virginian and a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. (Information from Wikipedia)

Articles in Western American Literature:

“We Ain’t a Christian Outfit”Protestantism and Secularism in the Formation of the Popular Western Novel, by Ben Nadler


“My dear Judge”: Owen Wister’s Virginian, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., and Natural Law Conservatism

“The Man Was Forever Looking for That Which He Never Found”: The Western and Automotive Tourism in the Early Twentieth Century

“Truer ’n Hell”: Lies, Capitalism, and Cultural Imperialism in Owen Wister’s The Virginian, B. M. Bower’s The Happy Family, and Mourning Dove’s Cogewea

Wister’s “Life Among The Lowly” and Anglocentrism

The Bovine Object of Ideology: History, Gender, and the Origins of the “Classic” Western

The Western Hero as Logos, or, Unmaking Meaning

Bazarov, Prince Hal, and the Virginian

Owen Wister’s Achievement in Literary Tradition

How the Western Ends: Fenimore Cooper to Frederic Remington

The Roosevelt-Wister Connection: Some Notes on the West and the Uses of History

Romance or Realism?: Western Periodical Literature: 1893–1902

“Very Much Like A Fire-Cracker”: Owen Wister on Mark Twain

Owen Wister’s Virginian: The Genesis Of A Cultural Hero

Owen Wister’s Lin McLean: The Failure of the Vernacular Hero

Owen Wister’s “Hank’s Woman”: The Writer and His Comment

Additional Resources:

Western Writers Series, Boise State University: Owen Wister