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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Owen Wister Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A strong, silent stranger rides into the lawless lands of the western frontier, battles horse thieves, deals with unyielding scoundrels, and wins the heart of a schoolmarm. Owen Wister’s 1902 classic—the first great novel of the American West—is rich in moral drama and vernacular wit. His hero—like knights of old—lives by an enduring code of chivalry and is governed by quiet courage and a deep sense of honor.

Set in the vast Wyoming territory, this masterpiece helped establish the code of the West and its stereotypical characters: the genteel but brave cowboy, the pretty spinster from back East, and villains beyond redemption. The novel is also on record for incorporating the first known “shootout” in American literature.

In 1977 The Virginian was voted by the Western American Writers as the greatest western novel of all time. Brimming with action, romance, and atmosphere, it remains a classic of frontier fiction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Annette | 2/20/2014

    " Some may find it hard to get through - but a great western story that is true for everyone - stay true to yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kent | 2/19/2014

    " The original western; written in 1902. A classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kareem | 2/12/2014

    " A solid book, though often too simple and more than a little annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/3/2014

    " This book was great - it's considered the first Western classic and it's full of cowboys, western drawl, and everything else you would expect in a Western. It's all about a man who is given no other name than 'the Virginian' and his life at the edge of the frontier and how he woos a certain schoolteacher from the East. While it is written in the first person from another person's perspective, some of the things that take place are only known from an omniscient perspective (I'm not sure if Wister knew he could switch it up). It was a really fun read and I can see now why it is a 'classic'. "

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About the Author
Author Owen Wister

Owen Wister (1860–1938) showed promise as a musician early in his life, but his father directed him into a career in banking and then the law. Plagued with neurasthenia, Wister took a variant of the “rest cure” of Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, traveling to Wyoming on Mitchell’s advice. From these experiences, Wister began to write short stories about the West. His Western writing culminated in the 1902 publication of The Virginian, the most popular Western ever written. In addition to novels, Wister wrote short stories, operas, plays, poetry, and nonfiction, including biographies of Ulysses S. Grant and George Washington.