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ISBN13: 9780806135915
ISBN10: 0806135913
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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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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.

Synopsis:

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. Illustrated with dozens of photos--many never before seen--depicting Jane in her many guises, this long-awaited biography is the last word on Calamity Jane.

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.

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ddranch, November 5, 2009 (view all comments by ddranch)
Mr. Mclaird brings old west history to life!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780806135915
Author:
Mclaird, James D.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
McLaird, James D.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 bandw illus., 3 maps
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1 in 1.96 lb

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History and Social Science » Americana » Fame and Infamy
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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.
"Synopsis" by , 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. Illustrated with dozens of photos--many never before seen--depicting Jane in her many guises, this long-awaited biography is the last word on Calamity Jane.
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