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Preface; Introduction: Ride the High Country or "They Went Thataway"; Cowboy Codes: Straight & Pure & All Boy; When We were Young: Nostalgia & the Cowboy Hero; Arms & the Man: The Friendly Gun; Give Me My Boots & Saddles: Camp Cowboy; Tall in the Saddle: Romance on the Range; White Hats & White Heroes: Who Is That Other Guy?; Virgin Land: Landscape, Nature, & Masculinity; Corporate Cowboys & the Shaping of a Nation; Postscript - The Frontiersman (1938); List of Films Mentioned; References; Index.
Wayne Larsen is a landscape artist, newspaper editor, and columnist who frequently lectures on A.Y. Jackson and the Group of Seven at educational and cultural institutions. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Westmount Examiner and part-time professor of Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal.
"The first full-length history of a Canadian icon? So it would seem, and an elegant one that teats the painter's life and works with reverence. Unlike most biographies this one is presented in digestible segments that allow the reader's eye to flit from canvas to canvas without sacrificing the artist's life tale." Globe and Mail Nov 2009 "immediately takes its place among the best books about a Canadian artist. Larson has written a highly readable account of a life chock full of incidents." -- Montreal Gazette Dec 2010