The Cowboy Legend

Owen Wister’s Virginian and the Canadian-American Frontier

Auteur/ Illustrateur / Sous la direction de : John Jennings

In The Cowboy Legend, John Jennings details the evidence that Everett Johnson was the initial and prime inspiration for Wister’s cowboy, and in the process shows that Johnson led a fascinating life in his own right. His memories of both the Wyoming and Alberta cattle frontiers provide insight into ranch life on both sides of the border, and the compelling parallel biographies of Johnson and Wister feature vignettes of legendary period figures such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, and Butch Cassidy, not to mention the best man at Johnson’s wedding, Henry Longabaugh, a.k.a. the Sundance Kid. Jennings melds this realistic study of the cowboy frontier with an intriguing account of Wister’s subsequent creation of the cowboy mystique.

University of Calgary Press
DateISBNCode BISACThémaDroits disponibles
20159781552385289HIS029000, SOC026020, LIT004020
LangueFormatDimensionsPrixNombre de pages
AnglaisBroché / souple6 x 939.95 $ CA448