The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (Penguin Classics)

De (autor) John D. Seelye
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – August 1988 – vârsta de la 18 ani
The epic novel of the American West and the heroic cowboy
Owen Wister's powerful story of the tall, silent stranger who rides into the uncivilized West and defeats the forces of evil has become an enduring part of American mythology. Set in Wyoming Terriotry, "The Virginian"depics the loneliness and challenge of an unknown land where the whistle of a freight train sounds across great miles of silence, where easy camaraderie and sudden violence are foudn around the campfire, and where the rough honesty of "frontier justice" is just beginning to impose a sense of society on an unruly populace. For Wister, the West represented a territory of adventure that tested the worth of a man. His hero, as John Seelye writes in his Introduction, has his roots in the historical romances of Sir Walter Scott and James Fenimore Cooper; he is a man who lives by the classic code of chivalry, ruled by quiet courage and deeply felt honor.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
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ISBN-13: 9780140390650
ISBN-10: 0140390650
Pagini: 416
Dimensiuni: 130 x 197 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.29 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Seria Penguin Classics

Notă biografică

John Seelye is a graduate research professor of American literature at the University of Florida. He is the author of The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain at the Movies, Prophetic Waters: The River in Early American Literature, Beautiful Machine: Rivers and the Early Republic, Memory's Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock, and War Games: Richard Harding Davis and the New Imperialism. He is also the consulting editor for Penguin Classics in American literature.


"With The Virginian, Owen Wister, a frustrated composer, can be said to have fathered the western. This Horatio Alger story set on the open range chronicles the adventures of a principled cowboy known only as “the Virginian,” who brings progress and justice to an untamed Wyoming in the 1890s. His virility is a central motif: "In his eye, in his face, in his step, in the whole man, there dominated a something potent to be felt." The book's vision of the cowboy era is indisputably idealized but no less enjoyable for that. Wister's evocations of the landscape are lyrical. "After the fields to the east, the tawny plain began; and with one faint furrow of river lining its undulations, it stretched beyond sight." Not unexpectedly, the story has its enemy of the good—a murderous cowboy outlaw, Trampas, who despises the Virginian and stalks about threateningly, shadowing the action, until the inevitable face-off at the end. The walk-and-draw finale at sundown will be the Virginian's final test of courage: "A wind seemed to blow his sleeve off his arm, and he replied to it.""—Wall Street Journal

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This is the classic novel of the American West, which served as a model for thousands of later novels and films.

It is a story of ranch life and cowboy living at the turn of the century. The hero of the novel, the "Virginian", the only name by which he is known, has left his native state at an early age to try his fortunes in the western country. After roughing it along the way, he settles on Judge Henry's cattle ranch in Wyoming, where the owner makes him his right-hand man. The Virginian is strikingly handsome, twetny-seven years old, and, though unversed in the ways of the world and ignorant as to book learning, he has character and personality that inspire respect from all who know him. He manages to force on a turbulent community his idea of law and order-- "getting the drop" on an enemy, vigilante committees, and lynch law.

The novel recounts his adventures, including his romantic initiation at the hands of Molly Wood, the Vermont girl who became a western school techer. And it introduces him to Trampas, the legendary villain who is the prototype of the "bad guys" of future western novels and films.

"The Virginian" has been filmed three times, most memorably with Gary Cooper, and also became a long-running television series.