A Harvard-educated Easterner, Owen Wister (1860-1938) made his name romanticizing the American West of the late 19th century. With Frederic Remington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Buffalo Bill Cody he helped implant a mythological view of Western purity and nobility in American consciousness. Wister is best known for his 1930 biography of Theodore Roosevelt and for his novel The Virginian, an influential cowboy romance set in Wyoming. He wrote several other books and short stories, and the journals of his travels on the frontier have been published as Owen Wister Out West.
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Owen Wister's Virginian
Coined the phrase "When you call me that, smile" made famous by Gary Cooper. Page at cowboypoetry.com talks about Wister and his works.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: There's More to Author Than 'The Virginian'
Discusses "Romney," Wister's unfinished novel of Philadelphia life, and his other works. (April 07, 2002)
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