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Owen Wister's paladin of the plains : The Virginian as a cultural hero

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2008

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Smith, David A.

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South Dakota State Historical Society

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In 1902, Owen Wister published The Virginian : A Horseman of the Plains. It is possible the most widely read novel ever written by an American. Smith explores the origins of Wister's cowboy hero and the reasons behind the public's enthusiastic acceptance of him at the time when the United States was becoming a global power. The article also examines the continuing influence of The Virginian's cowboy hero on America today.

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This article received the 2009 Spur Award for Best Short Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America.

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Wister, Owen, 1860-1938, The Virginian (1902), American West, American history

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South Dakota History vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 47-77

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South Dakota History vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 47-77

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