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In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail the Enid Public Library and Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma present The Cowboy, a five book scholar-led discussion series. “The story of the cowboy has outlasted the mountain man, the pioneer, the soldier, the settler, the gold seeker, the scout, and even the Indian in terms of frequency of appearance, if not in quality of representation. The readings for this program may help to explain the primacy of the cowboy over all other western types from the nineteenth century.”
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. McMurtry’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel sets the modern standard for cowboy fiction, where realism overwhelms whatever ballistic or pugilistic activity might otherwise be taken to represent heroic effort–though in the best Wister tradition, McMurtry still separates cowboys from cows to weave a sad narrative about people who spend their lives loving other people who cannot or will not (but in any case do not) reciprocate.
The books may be checked out prior to or after each discussion. Although recommended, books do not have to be pre-read to participate in the discussion.