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OWEN WISTER - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 07/16/1903 - HFSID 175026

OWEN WISTER The author of the archetypal Western novel quotes Shakespeare. Autograph Quotation Signed: "Owen Wister/July 16. 1903/'To thine own self be true./And it shall follow as the night the day/Thou canst not then be false to any man.'", 4¾x2¼ ruled sheet.

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OWEN WISTER
The author of the archetypal Western novel quotes Shakespeare.
Autograph Quotation Signed: "Owen Wister/July 16. 1903/'To thine own self be true./And it shall follow as the night the day/Thou canst not then be false to any man.'", 4¾x2¼ ruled sheet. This quotation expresses so well the heroic values of the classic Western hero whose legend Wister's story helped create. The original quote, from the Danish courtier Polonius to his son, Laertes, in Hamlet, may have been intended ironically by Shakespeare. A tiresome list of platitudes from an old fool, it is more often cited approvingly. 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. Mounting adhesive remnants on verso show through faintly. Fine condition.

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