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Forget Doris Day singing on the stagecoach. Forget Robin Weigertandrsquo;s gritty portrayal on HBOandrsquo;s Deadwood. The real Calamity Jane was someone the likes of whom youandrsquo;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 todayandrsquo;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 sheandrsquo;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 drinkingandmdash;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 photosandmdash;many never before seenandmdash;depicting Jane in her many guises. His book is a long-awaited biography of Martha Canary and the last word on Calamity Jane.

Book News Annotation:

In this reprinted biography of Martha Canary, better known as Calamity Jane (1856?-1903), McLaird (emeritus, history, Dakota Wesleyan U.) examines the sparse but expanding documentary evidence to evaluate legends of her as either an iconic frontierswoman, associate of Wild Bill Hickok, and dime novel heroine, or a notorious "loose" woman. The book includes many period illustrations, Calamity Jane-themed movie and TV show stills, and extensive reference notes. The author gives her birthdate as 1856; the CiP and other sources list it as 1852. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Forget Doris Day singing on the stagecoach. Forget Robin Weigertandrsquo;s gritty portrayal on HBOandrsquo;s Deadwood. The real Calamity Jane was someone the likes of whom youandrsquo;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 todayandrsquo;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.

About the Author

James D. McLaird is Professor Emeritus of History, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota. He is the author of numerous articles on western history and myth-making, focusing especially on South Dakota and the Black Hills.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806142517
Author:
Mclaird, James D
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
McLaird, James D.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 bandw illus., 3 maps
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Americana » Fame and Infamy
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
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Forget Doris Day singing on the stagecoach. Forget Robin Weigertandrsquo;s gritty portrayal on HBOandrsquo;s Deadwood. The real Calamity Jane was someone the likes of whom youandrsquo;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 todayandrsquo;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.
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