By Richard W. Etulain
This exhaustive bibliographical reference would be the first cease for a person trying to find Calamity Jane in print, movie, or photograph—and eager to understand how trustworthy these assets will be. Richard W. Etulain, popular western-U.S. historian and the writer of a contemporary biography of this charismatic determine, enumerates and assesses the main priceless resources on Calamity Jane’s lifestyles and legend in newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and films, in addition to historic and executive archives.
Etulain starts with a short biography of Martha Canary, aka Calamity Jane (1856–1903), then analyzes the origins and progress of her legends. The resources, Etulain exhibits, show 3 models of Calamity Jane. within the most well liked one, she was once a Wild lady of the outdated West who helped push a roaring frontier via its ultimate levels. this is often the Calamity Jane who fought Indians, marched with the army, and took at the undesirable men. Early in her existence she additionally was hoping to include the pioneer girl, looking marriage and a strong kin and residential. a 3rd, later model made up of Calamity an angel of mercy who reached out to the negative and nursed smallpox sufferers nobody else might help.
The hyperbolic journalism of the outdated West, in addition to dime novels and the stretchers Calamity herself instructed in her interviews and autobiography, formed her legends via a lot of the 20th century. some of the sensational early debts of Calamity’s existence, Etulain notes, have been in line with rumor and rumour. In illuminating the position of the Deadwood Dick dime novel sequence and different pulp fiction in shaping what we know—or imagine we know—of the yank West, Etulain underscores considered one of his interesting topics: the facility of renowned culture.
The fabricated from 20 years’ hard work sifting truth from falsehood or distortion, this bibliography and reader’s advisor comprises short discussions of approximately each item’s contents, besides a terse, enjoyable review of its reliability.
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Calamity Jane: A Reader's Guide by Richard W. Etulain