Owen Wister (1860-1938)
The Virginian, A Horseman of the
New York: MacMillan Co., 1902
Rare Book & Special
Gift of Lessing J. Rosenwald, 1948 (180.3)
Writer Owen Wister had been friends with Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
since his Harvard University days and later dedicated to Roosevelt
his most famous Western story, The Virginian (1902).
This seminal novel established many of the conventions of the western.
It became a best-seller, was widely translated, gave rise to four
motion pictures, and spurred radio and television interest in the
western genre. 2002 marks the centennial of the book's publication.