A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Owen Wister’s The Virginian, considered by many to be the first fictional western written.
As a fictionalized historical account of post-Civil War Western America, The Virginian gives readers a social picture of the West in the late l9th century. Moreover, Wister’s writing encourages discussion concerning the concepts of equality, social standards, and law and justice and reveal the fundamental philosophy which directed society at that time and place. These concepts and philosophies continue to affect politics today.
Owen Wister (July 14, 1860– July 21, 1938) was an American writer and historian, considered the "father" of western fiction. He is best remembered for writing The Virginian and a biography of Ulysses S. Grant.