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Buffalo Bill's Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History

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A fascinating analysis of the first famous American to erase the boundary between real history and entertainment

Canada, and Europe. Crowds cheered as cowboys and Indians--and Annie Oakley!--galloped past on spirited horses, sharpshooters exploded glass balls tossed high in the air, and cavalry troops arrived just in time to save a stagecoach from Indian attack. Vivid posters on billboards everywhere made William Cody, the show's originator and star, a world-renowned figure.

Joy S. Kasson's important new book traces Cody's rise from scout to international celebrity, and shows how his image was shaped. Publicity stressed his show's "authenticity" yet audiences thrilled to its melodrama; fact and fiction converged in a performance that instantly became part of the American tradition.

But how, precisely, did that come about? How, for example, did Cody use his audience's memories of the Civil War and the Indian wars? He boasted that his show included participants in the recent conflicts it presented theatrically, yet he also claimed it evoked "memories" of America's bygone greatness. Kasson's shrewd, engaging study--richly illustrated--in exploring the disappearing boundary between entertainment and public events in American culture, shows us just how we came to imagine our memories.

Synopsis:

A century ago, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show enthralled millions of spectators in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Billboards everywhere made William Cody, the show's originator and star, a world-renowned figure. Joy S. Kasson's important book shows how Cody's image was shaped. Publicity stressed his show's "authenticity", yet audiences thrilled to its melodrama; fact and fiction converged in a performance that instantly became part of American tradition.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-299) and index.

About the Author

Joy S. Kasson, author of several books on American history, is a Professor of American studies and English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She lives with her family in Chapel Hill.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809032433
Subtitle:
Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History
Author:
Kasson, Joy S.
Author:
Kasson, Joy S.
Publisher:
Hill and Wang
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Company
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
al-juz® 9
Publication Date:
20011017
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
132 Black-and-White Illustrations, Notes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , A century ago, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show enthralled millions of spectators in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Billboards everywhere made William Cody, the show's originator and star, a world-renowned figure. Joy S. Kasson's important book shows how Cody's image was shaped. Publicity stressed his show's "authenticity", yet audiences thrilled to its melodrama; fact and fiction converged in a performance that instantly became part of American tradition.
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