Billy the Kid: His Life and Legend

Billy the Kid: His Life and Legend

by Jon Tuska, Tuska
     
 
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

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." Now Tuska returns to the Kid in this new and expanded edition, examining the histories, novels, films, and other interpretations of the Kid that have appeared over the last 12 years. As with the earlier edition, this remains the most comprehensive and accurate reconstruction of the West's most legendary figure.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826317704
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.84(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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