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Overview

Was Billy the Kid the most romantic of Western desperadoes or a vicious killer? Ever since the Kid was shot by Pat Garrett in 1881, historians, storytellers, and filmmakers have been recounting and reinventing his life. In 1983 Jon Tuska published his first edition of Billy the Kid, and it was immediately recognized as the most accurate account yet produced. Choice called it A magnificent tour de force and a model for others who would study legendary heroes of the American West.

In this new edition, Tuska reexamines the Kid's life and legend, and he analyzes the numerous histories, novels, films, and other interpretations of the Kid. He points out the errors of earlier materials as well as those perpetuated in the last 12 years. As with the earlier volume, this is the last word on the Western figure who still captures the public imagination beyond all others. For public libraries and all students and scholars of the American West and American Popular Culture.

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Revised and expanded from Billy the Kid: A Bio-Bibliography (1983), lauded as the most thorough and accurate account of the romantic desperado and a model for dealing with legendary figures (like football players, perhaps). The new edition extends the coverage of the legend to include histories, novels, films, and other interpretations of The Kid since then. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313285899
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/14/1994
  • Edition description: REVISED & EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 318
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

JON TUSKA is a prolific writer on the American West and film. In addition to his numerous books and articles, he has been involved in film and television productions.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Acknowledgments

The Life and Death of Billy the Kid

Billy and the Historians

Billy the Kid in Fiction

Billy the Kid in Film

The Legend of Billy the Kid

Appendix A: A Billy the Kid Miscellany

Appendix B: A Billy the Kid Chronology

Notes

Bibliography

Idex

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