The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane

The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane 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 pr

  • Title: The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane
  • Author: Richard W. Etulain
  • ISBN: 9780806146324
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 than any other woman of the nineteenth century American West, fiction and legend have largely obscured the facts of her life This lively, conEveryone 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 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 than a century after her first appearance as a heroine in the Deadwood Dick dime novels, Calamity Jane lives on raunchy, unabashed, contradictory, and ambiguous as ever.

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    1. Martha Jane Canary -- the woman better known as Calamity Jane -- is one of those figures who is both famous and obscure at the same time. A national figures in her early twenties, she was subject matter for several authors, all of whom drew upon their imagination rather than the facts when constructing their accounts. Jane herself contributed to the obfuscating of her biography, as her own accounts (including a short dictated autobiography) often were a mix of truth and fantasy with no way for r [...]


    2. I read an ARC supplied by a publishers rep to the bookstore where I work. I found this book to be readable (as in not extremely dry and academic) but tedious. The first part of the book follows the chronology of her life, but much of it is repetitive. The author clearly states that there aren't a lot of known hard and fast details of Calamity's life, but that means the book is a lot of speculation (things like "according to census records her parents were here then there, so they must have trave [...]


    3. Martha Canary has hovered around my peripheral interest in history for many years; in fact her story has been a legend in the popular culture of books, movies and television for nearly 140 years. Although in her life she didn't influence any historical "moments," she does raise many questions through the years about gender roles, stereotypes, expectations, and the heritage of an impoverished, hard childhood with parents who were far from role models. There are threads of documentation to gain gl [...]


    4. Calamity Jane should make for an interesting subject. Unfortunately, to make a book out of the scarce information there is on Calamity Jane's life apparently involves a lot of commentary on topics tangential to Calamity Jane -- for example, an academic discourse on the history of Calamity Jane in popular culture, on public misconception of the character, on journalists' perpetuations of falsehoods, et cetera. Those who have a historian's interest in Calamity Jane will appreciate the enormous eff [...]


    5. I've done a lot of reading about Calamity Jane during the past few years, so I was looking forward to this book. But I was disappointed. The first part, a brief recounting of Calamity's life, feels like a mishmash of material from other biographers. There's information, but it left me with no sense of Calamity Jane as a real person and what her life may have felt like to her. The second part of the book is mostly a series of long academic summaries of a number of the novels, movies, and televisi [...]


    6. If you are a serious student of old west history walk, no, run away from this book. Of the 355 pages only 199 pages tell the story. The remaining pages are a bloated, long winded bibliography and critique of other books and films on the subject. I ended up picking and choosing what I read in this section because it served as one giant spoiler for other authors work. Very Disappointing.


    7. I appreciate the amount of research that went into this book trying to pin down elusive facts concerning Calamity Jane. The book contained an extensive amount of information of the facts and fiction pertaining to her life.


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