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Bucking the Tiger

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An American Library Association Notable Book

John Henry Holliday was an Ivy League-educated dentist from a genteel Georgia family when at the age of twenty-one he was diagnosed with consumption and given six months to live. Instead, over the next fifteen years, he composed of his sojourn on America's western frontier a paean to the ways in which a man might bluff death—and attain a measure of immortality.

In Bucking the Tiger, Bruce Olds uses a pan-dimensional, genre-blurring collage of original poems, reconstituted news accounts, adulterated epigraphs, song lyrics and photographs, simulated eyewitness testimony, fictionalized memoir, invented correspondence, re-imagined folk history—less to restore the past of a figure who in his lifetime was more thoroughly mythologized than Jesse James or Billy the Kid, than to re-story it entirely.

Evoking Doc Holliday's checkered careers as a frontier dentist, itinerant saloon gambler, professional faro dealer, and occasional shootist (including his involvement in the fabled gunfight at the OK Corral), Bucking the Tiger displaces the popular image of the Latin-spouting serial killer with the reality of a human being who, exiled to an emotional and physical landscape to which he was singularly unsuited, strove to make of his self-affliction an expression of sustained, if often violent, art.

Synopsis:

In this genre-blurring collage, Bruce Olds animates Doc Holliday's varied incarnations--frontier dentist, saloon gambler, and occasional shootist--and redeems a full-blooded human being from the distortions of romance and myth.

About the Author

Bruce Olds is the author of Raising Holy Hell which was named Novel of the Year by the Notable Books Council of the American Library Association. He lives in New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312420246
Author:
Olds, Bruce
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Gamblers
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Outlaws
Subject:
Dentists
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
0845
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
5.50 x 8.25 in

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