OWEN WISTER - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE UNSIGNED - HFSID 142819
Sale Price $81.00
The author of The Virginian, the model for much fiction on the American West, addresses an envelope to a gentleman in Albany, New York while in Jamaica.
Autograph Envelope, unsigned, 7½x4. 2½d Jamaican stamp affixed, postmark illegible. Addressed in Wister's hand to: "John E. Boos Esqr./21 Dudley Heights/Albany/N.Y./U.S.A." Although earlier American writers had focused on the frontier, Owen Wister's novel, The Virginian (1902), established many of the archetypes of what became in the twentieth century the Western novel and hero (it includes, for example, the first showdown gun duel). Drafts of the novel had been read and corrected by Theodore Roosevelt, Wister's close friend and Harvard classmate. The TV series, The Virginian, was only very loosely based on Wister's novel. Many of Wister's other Western stories were illustrated by another classmate and fellow celebrant of the Old West, Frederick Remington. Wister (1860-1938) later wrote a book about his friendship with TR. Slightly creased and soiled, postal marking beneath stamp. Overall, fine condition.
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