The Frontier Club: Popular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880-1924

Hardcover | February 5, 2013

byChristine Bold

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The Frontier Club is Christine Bold's name for the network of eastern aristocrats who created the western as we now most commonly know it. At the turn of the twentieth century, they yoked this most popular formula to their own elite causes - from big-game hunting to conservation, immigrationrestriction to Jim Crow segregation - and aligned themselves with cattle kings and "quality" publishers. This book tells the story of that cultural sleight-of-hand. It delves into institutional archives and personal papers to excavate the hidden social, political, and financial interests in themaking of the modern western. It re-reads frontier club fiction in relation to the federal policies and cultural spaces (from exclusive gentlemen's clubs to national parks to zoos) with which it was intimately connected; the centerpiece is Owen Wister's bestselling novel The Virginian. It casts new light on nine key clubmen, both the famous and the forgotten - in addition to Wister, the network included Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, Silas Weir Mitchell, Henry Cabot Lodge, Madison Grant, Caspar Whitney, Winthrop Chanler, and Frederic Remington - while recovering thewomen on whom these men depended and without whom this version of the popular West would not exist. Bold also considers some of the costs of the frontier club formula, in terms of its impact on Indigenous peoples and its marginalization of other popular voices, including western writings by AfricanAmericans, white women, and non-elite white men. The book ends by briefly charting the frontier club's enduring impression on western movies.

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The Frontier Club is Christine Bold's name for the network of eastern aristocrats who created the western as we now most commonly know it. At the turn of the twentieth century, they yoked this most popular formula to their own elite causes - from big-game hunting to conservation, immigrationrestriction to Jim Crow segregation - and ali...

Christine Bold is Professor of English at the University of Guelph. She is the author of Selling the Wild West, The WPA Guides and the editor of The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: Volume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199731799

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List of illustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgementsThe Frontier Club Western: An IntroductionFrontier ClubmenVigilante ClubmenThe Virginian1. Boone and Crockett WritersThe Boone and Crockett Club, 1893Boone and Crockett ClubmenTheodore rooseveltGeorge Bird GrinnellOwen WisterWinthrop ChanlerMadison GrantHenry Cabot LodgeCaspar WhitneyFrederic RemingtonThe Books of the Boone and Crockett ClubShaping the VoiceClearing the EnclaveWriting the Frontier Club WesternLobbying the Federal GovernmentConclusion2. Cowboys and PublishersA Very Proper PhiladelphianFrontier Club NeurastheniaA Man's Gotta Do . . .Aristocrats Out WestFrontier Club InvestmentsThe Cheyenne ClubCowboys and VigilantesShowdown on Publishers' RowFrontier Club InvestmentsThe Frontier Club Western and the Literary MarketplaceConclusion: The Frontier Club vs Alkali Ike3. Women in the Frontier ClubFrontier Club Women and FamiliesThe Wister WomenMolly WisterWomen's Space in the Frontier Club WesternConclusion4. Jim Crow and the WesternWister: "white for a hundred years"Roosevelt's Rough RidersRemington: With the Eye of the MindBlack Rough Riders ReduxConclusion5. Immigrants and "Indians"Vanishing ActsImmigration RestrictionOwen WisterMadison GrantAnother HankAmerican Indian AssimilationGeorge Bird GrinnellJack the Young Frontier ClubmanConclusion6. Outside the Frontier ClubPrincess ChinquillaCheek by JowlRewriting 1902Conclusion: Frontier Club Fingerprints