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This exhaustive bibliographical reference will be the first stop for anyone looking for Calamity Jane in print, film, or photograph—and wanting to know how reliable those sources may be. Richard W. Etulain, renowned western-U.S. historian and the author of a recent biography of this charismatic figure, enumerates and assesses the most valuable sources on Calamity Jane’s life and legend in newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and movies, as well as historical and government archives.

Etulain begins with a brief biography of Martha Canary, aka Calamity Jane (1856–1903), then analyzes the origins and growth of her legends. The sources, Etulain shows, reveal three versions of Calamity Jane. In the most popular one, she was a Wild Woman of the Old West who helped push a roaring frontier through its final stages. This is the Calamity Jane who fought Indians, marched with the military, and took on the bad guys. Early in her life she also hoped to embody the pioneer woman, seeking marriage and a stable family and home. A third, later version made of Calamity an angel of mercy who reached out to the poor and nursed smallpox victims no one else would help.

The hyperbolic journalism of the Old West, as well as dime novels and the stretchers Calamity herself told in her interviews and autobiography, shaped her legends through much of the twentieth century. Many of the sensational early accounts of Calamity’s life, Etulain notes, were based on rumor and hearsay. In illuminating the role of the Deadwood Dick dime novel series and other pulp fiction in shaping what we know—or think we know—of the American West, Etulain underscores one of his fascinating themes: the power of popular culture.

The product of twenty years’ labor sifting fact from falsehood or distortion, this bibliography and reader’s guide includes brief discussions of nearly every item’s contents, along with a terse, entertaining evaluation of its reliability.

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Richard W. Etulain is Professor Emeritus of History and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. Former editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, he is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West, Telling Western Stories: From Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry, and The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane.

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“This lively and complete research guide will thrill anyone interested in the complex histories and fictions that surround Calamity Jane, but frustrate those who want a simple tale.”—Anne Hyde, author of Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800–1860

“More has been written about Calamity Jane than any other woman of the Old West, but most accounts are unreliable. Here, Richard Etulain offers a guide to this diverse material for all readers, scholars and enthusiasts alike. I only wish it had been available when I began my research on Calamity a couple of decades ago.”—James McLaird, author of Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend

“With this volume, Richard W. Etulain establishes himself as the ultimate expert on Calamity Jane and the record—in print, photograph, and film—of her life and legend. This book will obviate any excuse for failing to present Calamity Jane accurately or failing to understand the anatomy and growth of mythic stories like hers. Etulain’s fortitude and scholarship are to be envied.”—Glenda Riley, author of The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley

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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. 416 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. BIOGRAPHY. Everyone knows the name Calamity Jane. Scores of dime novels and movie and TV Westerns have portrayed this original Wild West woman as an adventuresome, gun-toting hellion. Although Calamity Jane has probably been written about more than any other woman of the nineteenth-century American West, fiction and legend have largely obscured the facts of her life. This lively, concise, and exhaustively researched biography traces the real person from the Missouri farm where she was born in 1856 through the development of her notorious persona as a Wild West heroine. Before Calamity Jane became a legend, she was Martha Canary, orphaned when she was only eleven years old. From a young age she traveled fearlessly, worked with men, smoked, chewed tobacco, and drank. By the time she arrived in the boomtown of Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1876, she had become Calamity Jane, and the real Martha Canary had disappeared under a landslide of purple prose. Calamity became a hostess and dancer in Deadwood's saloons and theaters. She imbibed heavily, and she might have been a prostitute, but she had other qualities, as well, including those of an angel of mercy who ministered to the sick and the down-and-out. Journalists and dime novelists couldn't get enough of either version, nor, in the following century, could filmmakers. Sorting through the stories, veteran western historian Richard W. Etulain's account begins with a biography that offers new information on Calamity's several "husbands" (including one she legally married), her two children, and a woman who claimed to be the daughter of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity, a story Etulain discredits. In the second half of the book, Etulain traces the stories that have shaped Calamity Jane's reputation. Some Calamity portraits, he says, suggest that she aspired to a quiet life with a husband and family. As the 2004-2006 HBO series Deadwood makes clear, well more than a century after her first appearance as a heroine in the Deadwood Dick dime novels, Calamity Jane lives onÑraunchy, unabashed, contradictory, and ambiguous as ever. 61 black and white illustrations. Richard W. Etulain is Professor Emeritus of History and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. Former editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, he is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West and Telling Western Stories: From Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry. (Key Words: Richard W. Etulain, Calamity Jane, Biography, American West, United States History, Autobiography, Memoirs, Martha Canary, Deadwood, South Dakota). Volume 29 in Oklahoma Western Biographies. book. Seller Inventory # 85552X1

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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. 280 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. AMERICAN WEST. This exhaustive bibliographical reference will be the first stop for anyone looking for Calamity Jane in print, film, or photographÑand wanting to know how reliable those sources may be. Richard W. Etulain, renowned western-U.S. historian and the author of a recent biography of this charismatic figure, enumerates and assesses the most valuable sources on Calamity Jane's life and legend in newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and movies, as well as historical and government archives. Etulain begins with a brief biography of Martha Canary, aka Calamity Jane (1856-1903), then analyzes the origins and growth of her legends. The sources, Etulain shows, reveal three versions of Calamity Jane. In the most popular one, she was a Wild Woman of the Old West who helped push a roaring frontier through its final stages. This is the Calamity Jane who fought Indians, marched with the military, and took on the bad guys. Early in her life she also hoped to embody the pioneer woman, seeking marriage and a stable family and home. A third, later version made of Calamity an angel of mercy who reached out to the poor and nursed smallpox victims no one else would help. The hyperbolic journalism of the Old West, as well as dime novels and the stretchers Calamity herself told in her interviews and autobiography, shaped her legends through much of the twentieth century. Many of the sensational early accounts of Calamity's life, Etulain notes, were based on rumor and hearsay. In illuminating the role of the Deadwood Dick dime novel series and other pulp fiction in shaping what we knowÑor think we knowÑof the American West, Etulain underscores one of his fascinating themes: the power of popular culture. The product of twenty years' labor sifting fact from falsehood or distortion, this bibliography and reader's guide includes brief discussions of nearly every item's contents, along with a terse, entertaining evaluation of its reliability. 26 black-and-white Illustrations, 280 pages, 6" x 9". Richard W. Etulain is Professor Emeritus of History and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. Former editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, he is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West and Telling Western Stories: From Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry. This lively and complete research guide will thrill anyone interested in the complex histories and fictions that surround Calamity Jane, but frustrate those who want a simple tale."ÑAnne Hyde, author of Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860 "More has been written about Calamity Jane than any other woman of the Old West, but most accounts are unreliable. Here, Richard Etulain offers a guide to this diverse material for all readers, scholars and enthusiasts alike. I only wish it had been available when I began my research on Calamity a couple of decades ago."ÑJames McLaird, author of Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend "With this volume, Richard W. Etulain establishes himself as the ultimate expert on Calamity Jane and the recordÑin print, photograph, and filmÑof her life and legend. This book will obviate any excuse for failing to present Calamity Jane accurately or failing to understand the anatomy and growth of mythic stories like hers. Etulain's fortitude and scholarship are to be envied."ÑGlenda Riley, author of The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley (Key Words: Calamity Jane, Richard W. Etulain, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Martha Canary). book. Seller Inventory # 87144X1

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