New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1956. James Meese (cover painting). First Printing. Paperback. Rare early printing. Used - Good. Original card stock wraps are creased on front and back. Some wear and chipping to head/tail of spine. Text block is toned but clean and unmarked. Spine reinforced with book tape. One page (312) is detached from binding. 10.5 x 16.5 cm. 364 pp. Item #12133
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 Territory, The Virginian depicts 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 found 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.