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WISTER, OWEN, an American writer, born in Philadelphia, in 1860. He graduated from Harvard University in 1882. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1889, but in 1891 engaged in literary work. His novels of the West, especially “The Virginian,” presented remarkable pictures of the early days of the development of the far West. His published works include: “Red Men and White” (1896); “Lin McLean” (1898); “Lady Baltimore” (1906); “Mother” (1907); “Members of the Family” (1911); “The Pentecost of Calamity” (1915). He also wrote a biography of General Grant. He was a member of several literary societies and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University.