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The Resource American mythmaker : Walter Noble Burns and the legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta, Mark J. Dworkin

American mythmaker : Walter Noble Burns and the legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta, Mark J. Dworkin

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American mythmaker : Walter Noble Burns and the legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta
Title
American mythmaker
Title remainder
Walter Noble Burns and the legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta
Statement of responsibility
Mark J. Dworkin
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta are fixed in the American imagination as towering legends of the Old West. But that has not always been the case. There was a time when these men were largely forgotten relics of a bygone era. Then, in the early twentieth century, an obscure Chicago newspaperman changed all that. Walter Noble Burns (1872-1932) served with the First Kentucky Infantry during the Spanish-American War and covered General John J. Pershing's pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico as a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. However history-making these forays may seem, they were only the beginning. In the last six years of his life, Burns wrote three books that propelled New Mexico outlaw Billy the Kid, Tombstone marshal Wyatt Earp, and California bandit Joaquín Murrieta into the realm of legend. Despite Burns's remarkable command of his subjects--based on exhaustive research and interviews--he has been largely ignored by scholars because of the popular, even occasionally fictional, approach he employed. In American Mythmaker, the first literary biography of Burns, Mark J. Dworkin brings Burns out of the shadows. Through careful analysis of The Saga of Billy the Kid (1926), Tombstone : an Iliad of the Southwest (1927), and The Robin Hood of Eldorado : the Saga of Joaquin Murrieta (1932) and their reception, Dworkin shows how Burns used his journalistic training to introduce the history of the American West to his era's general readership. In the process, Burns made his subjects household names. Are Burns's books fact or fiction? Was he a historian or a novelist? Dworkin considers these questions as he uncovers the story behind Burns's mythmaking works. A long-overdue biography of a writer who shaped our idea of Western history, American Mythmaker documents in fascinating detail the fashioning of some of the greatest American legends"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-2012
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dworkin, Mark J.
Dewey number
813/.52
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3503.U646
LC item number
Z68 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Legends in literature
  • Authors, American
  • Historians
  • Legends
  • Legends in literature
  • Burns, Walter Noble
  • Authors, American
  • Burns, Walter Noble
  • Historians
  • Burns, Walter Noble
  • Burns, Walter Noble
  • Burns, Walter Noble
  • Legends
  • Burns, Walter Noble
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Label
American mythmaker : Walter Noble Burns and the legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta, Mark J. Dworkin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Part I. The Making of a Writer -- Early Years -- Part II. The Saga of Billy the Kid -- The Story of Billy the Kid -- The Research and the Creation of Characters -- The Critics -- The Saga of Billy the Kid in Folklore and the Arts -- Part III. Tombstone : an Iliad of the Southwest -- The Story and the Sources -- The Writer and the Angry Old Lion -- Creating Legends -- The Critics -- Part IV. Final Works -- The Robin Hood of El Dorado : The Saga of Joaquín Murrieta, Famous Outlaw of California's Age of Gold -- The Legacy of The Robin Hood of El Dorado -- Later Years -- Epilogue: The Legacy of Walter Noble Burns
Control code
894140203
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 269 pages
Isbn
9780806146850
Lccn
2014035958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)894140203
Label
American mythmaker : Walter Noble Burns and the legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta, Mark J. Dworkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Part I. The Making of a Writer -- Early Years -- Part II. The Saga of Billy the Kid -- The Story of Billy the Kid -- The Research and the Creation of Characters -- The Critics -- The Saga of Billy the Kid in Folklore and the Arts -- Part III. Tombstone : an Iliad of the Southwest -- The Story and the Sources -- The Writer and the Angry Old Lion -- Creating Legends -- The Critics -- Part IV. Final Works -- The Robin Hood of El Dorado : The Saga of Joaquín Murrieta, Famous Outlaw of California's Age of Gold -- The Legacy of The Robin Hood of El Dorado -- Later Years -- Epilogue: The Legacy of Walter Noble Burns
Control code
894140203
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 269 pages
Isbn
9780806146850
Lccn
2014035958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)894140203

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