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The Frontier ClubPopular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880-1924$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731794.001.0001

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The Frontier Club Western: An Introduction

The Frontier Club Western: An Introduction

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The Frontier Club

Christine Bold

Oxford University Press

The Introduction discusses how upper-class clubmen in the East, cattle kings in the West, and popular print culture in its formative years came together in the late nineteenth century to create the modern western. It charts the frontier club group through a network of exclusive college and gentlemen’s clubs, including, centrally, the Boone and Crockett Club and one western outpost, the Cheyenne Club. The quintessential example of the frontier club western is Owen Wister’s bestselling novel The Virginian (1902). Its fictional action was fuelled by the exclusive club mentality and it converted clubmen’s extra-legal violence in Wyoming into an image of heroic individualism.

Keywords:   frontier club, Boone and Crockett Club, Cheyenne Club, The Virginian, westerns

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