Wyoming, the ‘cowboy state’, is dominated by the Rocky Mountain range and the prairies and grasslands which lie in the foothills of those mountains. Its pastoral character is derived from the rural landscape which dominates much of the state. The state is also famous for its coal production and for being home to most of Yellowstone Park.
Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain is the most famous work of literature set in the state. It was made into a highly acclaimed film by Ang Lee which made good use of the Wyoming landscape. Owen Wister’s The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains is also set in the state and celebrates the cowboy culture of Wyoming.