"When a man is kind to dumb animals,
I always say he has got some good in him."

Owen Wister 1860-1938 American novelist and short-story writer, known primarily for Western fiction. Born in Pennsylvania and educated at Harvard, he first travelled west (to Wyoming) in order to improve his health, and the experience became the basis for his early writings. Red Man and White (1896), Lin McLean (1896) and The Jimmyjohn Boss (1900) are all collections of stories set in the Western cattle country. His best-known work, The Virginian (1902), was a popular novel of legendary proportions. Its heroic cowpuncher, unassumingly masterful, crude but innately gentle, became the standard for the Western hero in countless novels and movies. Having become famous for his Westerns, Wister decided to turn to the East for his subjects. Philosophy Four (1903) is a story about undergraduate life at Harvard. Lady Baltimore (1906) is a romantic novel set in Charleston. He also wrote a biography of Ulysses S. Grant (1900), and in 1930 published Roosevelt, The Story of a Friendship, 1880-1919 from his own reminiscences of Theodore Roosevelt, the boyhood friend to whom he had dedicated The Virginian


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