The Wind (novel)

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The Wind
The Wind (Dorothy Scarborough novel - front cover).jpg
First edition
AuthorDorothy Scarborough
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreTexas literature, Western novel
PublisherHarper & Brothers
Publication date
1925
Media typePrint (Hardback, Paperback & Serialization)
Pages337 (first edition, hardback)

The Wind (1925), a supernatural novel by Dorothy Scarborough, depicts the loneliness of life in a small Texas town during the 1880s. She originally published it anonymously, anticipating a rough reception in Texas. It was later made into a film called The Wind (1928) starring Lilian Gish.

According to Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie, this novel "excited the wrath of chambers of commerce and other boosters in West Texas--a tribute to its realism."[1]

The Handbook of Texas online says of the work:

This last, controversial, novel, in which a gentle heroine is driven insane by the incessant wind and drought-plagued frontier environment, has assured her reputation as an American regional novelist. The book created a furor in Texas when it was published because of its negative portrayal of frontier living conditions on the cattle ranges around Sweetwater in the 1880s. The book was also published anonymously as a publicity ploy. Today, however, many critics regard this novel as a Texas classic, notable for its characterization of a tragic heroine driven to murder and insanity.

Film adaptation[edit]

It has been adapted once, in 1928, directed by Victor Sjöström and starring Lillian Gish. The film notably changed the novel's ending, with Letty not going insane from the wind and her murder of Wirt, having conquered her fear of the wind and wanting to stay with her husband.

Publication details[edit]

  • 1925, US, Harper & Brothers (ISBN NA), pub date ? ? 1925, hardback (first edition)
  • 1925, UK, Harper & Brothers (ISBN NA), pub date ? ? 1925, hardback
  • 1979, US, University of Texas Press, pub date March 1979, hardback (ISBN 978-0-292-79012-4) and paperback (ISBN 978-0-292-79013-1)
  • 1986, US, University of Texas Press (ISBN 978-0-292-79036-0), pub date August 1986, paperback (reprint ed)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank) (Aug 1, 1995). "Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest, with a Few Observations". Retrieved Feb 13, 2020 – via Project Gutenberg.

External links[edit]

Critical essays/reviews[edit]

Handbook of Texas Online, biographical page of Dorothy Scarborough, (accessed December 31, 2006).