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, by Stephen J. Mexal

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

“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, by Sara Humphreys

Wister’s “Life Among The Lowly” and Anglocentrism, by Kenneth Alan Hovey

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

The Western Hero as Logos, or, Unmaking Meaning, by Susan J. Rosowski

Bazarov, Prince Hal, and the Virginian, by Max Westbrook

Owen Wister’s Achievement in Literary Tradition, by John D. Nesbitt

How the Western Ends: Fenimore Cooper to Frederic Remington, by Christine Bold

The Roosevelt-Wister Connection: Some Notes on the West and the Uses of History, by Forrest G. Robinson

Romance or Realism?: Western Periodical Literature: 1893–1902, by Sanford E. Marovitz

“Very Much Like A Fire-Cracker”: Owen Wister on Mark Twain, by Ben M. Vorpahl

Owen Wister’s Virginian: The Genesis Of A Cultural Hero, by Neal Lambert

Owen Wister’s Lin McLean: The Failure of the Vernacular Hero, by Neal Lambert

Owen Wister’s “Hank’s Woman”: The Writer and His Comment, by Neal Lambert

Additional Resources:

Western Writers Series, Boise State University: Owen Wister