Western Historian and Award-winning Author Mark Warren Presents "The Cowboy's Place in America's Self Image"
Join Western historian and award-winning author Mark Warren for a discussion on "The Cowboy's Place in America's Self Image."
America’s concept of its Wild West has played a big part in defining its collective psyche as a nation. In the early 20th century the laconic cowboy emerged as a unique standard for independence, self-reliance, Victorian courtesy, and unbending courage. In 1902 Owen Wister gave us The Virginian as the opening act to this iconic story of the lowly cowhand as a noble protagonist. His character was a welcome change from the death-defying pulp heroes from the pens of sensationalist writers such as Ned Buntline and George Ward Nichols. Americans now had a hero from the common ranks of the everyday worker.
The West offered a new venue for a man to begin his life anew . . . no questions asked. After the Civil War there was a great demand for such an option. Indigo Heaven explores just such a plight as it chronicles the story of Clayton Jane, a war-damaged veteran who carries such a heavy burden of sins that he considers himself unredeemable.
For Clayt, Wyoming changed all that.
Modern journalists like to write of a celebrity “reinventing” himself or herself, imparting to the reader the sense of a phony agenda. But isn’t a man allowed to be whomever he chooses, if his entire will is dedicated to that goal? And doesn’t war force a man into that choice? For if not, isn’t that man inured to killing destined to become a stigma in his own society? An outlaw?
These are the kinds of ideas to be explored in reading Indigo Heaven and discussed in an author’s presentation on the return of the literary Western. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Lunch will be available for $12.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission. Reservations are required for lunch. Deadline to register for lunch is, Noon, November 30. Arrive for lunch by 11:30 or by 12:15 for author talk only.