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The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories

The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories by Owen Wister
By: (1860-1938)

This is the fifth published book of Owen Wister, author of the archetypical Western novel, The Virginian. Published in 1900, it comprises eight Western short stories.

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By Owen Wister

To Messrs. Harper & Bothers and Henry Mills Alden whose friendliness and fair dealing I am glad of this chance to record

Owen Wister


It's very plain that if a thing's the fashion Too much the fashion if the people leap To do it, or to be it, in a passion Of haste and crowding, like a herd of sheep,

Why then that thing becomes through imitation Vulgar, excessive, obvious, and cheap.

No gentleman desires to be pursuing

What every Tom and Dick and Harry's doing.

Stranger, do you write books? I ask the question, Because I'm told that everybody writes That what with scribbling, eating, and digestion, And proper slumber, all our days and nights

Are wholly filled. It seems an odd suggestion But if you do write, stop it, leave the masses, Read me, and join the small selected classes.

The Jimmyjohn Boss


One day at Nampa, which is in Idaho, a ruddy old massive jovial man stood by the Silver City stage, patting his beard with his left hand, and with his right the shoulder of a boy who stood beside him... Continue reading book >>

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