Video: "The Virginian"

The Great American Novel Series

National Association of Scholars

“When a man ain't got no ideas of his own, he'd ought to be kind o' careful who he borrows 'em from.”

What makes The Virginian a great American novel? How did the novel pave the way for what would become the western of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour? Who influenced Wister's writings, and who did his writings influence?

The webinar features Blake Allmendinger, Professor of American Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles; Richard W. Etulain, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico; Alan Weltzien, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Montana Western. You may find links to their books by clicking here.

The discussion is moderated by Gary Scharnhorst, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico.

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