Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend

University of Oklahoma Press, 2005 - 378 pages
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Forget Doris Day singing on the stagecoach. Forget Robin Weigert's gritty portrayal on HBO's Deadwood. The real Calamity Jane was someone the likes of whom you've never encountered. That is, until now.

This book is a definitive biography of Martha Canary, the woman popularly known as Calamity Jane. Written by one of today's foremost authorities on this notorious character, it is a meticulously researched account of how an alcoholic prostitute was transformed into a Wild West heroine.

Always on the move across the northern plains, Martha was more camp follower than the scout of legend. A mother of two, she often found employment as waitress, laundress, or dance hall girl and was more likely to be wearing a dress than buckskin. But she was hard to ignore when she'd had a few drinks, and she exploited the aura of fame that dime novels created around her, even selling her autobiography and photos to tourists.

Gun toting, swearing, hard drinking--Calamity Jane was all of these, to be sure. But whatever her flaws or foibles, James D. McLaird paints a compelling portrait of an unconventional woman who more than once turned the tables on those who sought to condemn or patronize her. He also includes dozens of photos--many never before seen--depicting Jane in her many guises. His book is a long-awaited biography of Martha Canary and the last word on Calamity Jane.


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Review: Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend

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Incredible research, but I confess that the introduction dissuaded me from wanting to finish the book. He essentially says Martha Canary's life wasn't very interesting, that she was a neglectful ... Consulter l'avis complet

Review: Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend

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Being a student and a fan of the "Old West" as well as Native American History, I enjoyed it. It is fairly comprehensive and dispels a lot of rumors. I also enjoy getting to know the actual facts ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

To Montana and Wyoming 18641874
The Black Hills Expedition of 1875
With Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood 1876
Dime Novel Heroine 1877
Life in Dakota 18781881
Following the Northern Pacific 18821884
Life in Wyoming 18841894
A Deadwood Celebrity 18951896
Death in the Black Hills 1903
Building a Legend 19031953
Of Daughters Letters and a Diary
Challenging the Myth 19532003

Life in Montana 18961901
The PanAmerican Exposition 19011902

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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

James D. McLaird is Professor Emeritus of History, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota

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