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Buffalo Bills Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History

Joy S. Kasson

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 10: 0809032449 / ISBN 13: 9780809032440
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Title: Buffalo Bills Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, ...

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

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Paperback. 336 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.0in. x 1.0in.A fascinating analysis of the first famous American to erase the boundary between real history and entertainmentCanada, 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 shows originator and star, a world-renowned figure. Joy S. Kassons important new book traces Codys rise from scout to international celebrity, and shows how his image was shaped. Publicity stressed his shows 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 audiences 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 Americas bygone greatness. Kassons 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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780809032440

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