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About the Author
Actress Kirsten Potter has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy. Her narrations have won AudioFile Earphones Awards, and she earned an Audie nomination for her reading of Rise Again by Ben Tripp.
Table of Contents
Squirrel Tooth Alice Libby Thompson 1
The Deadly Paramour Kitty LeRoy 8
Barbary Coast Madam Tessie Wall 14
The Cosmopolitan Gambler Lottie Deno 25
Siren of the Silver Town Julia Bulette 33
Deadwood Cardsharp Alice Ivers 40
Queen of the Denver Row Jennie Rogers 47
The Twenty-One Dealer Eleanora Dumont 56
A Curious Criminal Case Madam Harriet 62
A Violent Hand Minnie Smith 65
The San Francisco Favorite Jessie Hayman 69
The Evening Angel Gertrudis Maria Barcelo 77
Nebraska's Reluctant Madam Josie Washburn 82
The Redheaded Rival Kate G'Leary 90
The Black Hills Calamity Martha Jane Canary 97
The Hungarian Madam Kate Horony 105
The Faro Bandit Jenny Rowe 112
Our Sister of the Street Florence Mabel Dedrick 117
The Outlaw Gambler Belle Starr 120
Scarlet Ladies in Texas and Nevada Jessie Reeves Cad Thompson 128
The Reformed Spy Belle Siddons 133
Denver's Red Light Royalty Mattie Silks 140
The Loyal Gambler Belle Ryan Cora 147
The Outcast's Friend Rosa May 154
Courtesan of Colorado City Laura Bell McDaniel 161
Mary the Owl Mary Hamlin 168
Wyoming Cattle Baroness Ella Watson 176
Last of the Old West Madams Rose Ellis 185
About the Author 210
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West isn't about your usual Western woman's pilgrimage across the plains: it's a randy, rowdy survey of less-well-behaved female outlaws, gamblers, and other wicked women, and it provides a lively alternative to the usual focus on pioneer homemakers. During the late nineteenth century, while men were settling the frontier, such women led 'wicked' lives when they followed fortune seekers. Their stories have been widely scattered under various headings, so it's refreshing to find a collection of short, action-packed stories of the Old West here, offering biographical sketches paired with Western history and spiced with insights on purposes and people. Speaking of 'spice', fun black and white vintage photos and illustrations from the author's own historic collection of images and historical libraries enhances the value and appeal of her coverage, making it a recommendation for collections ranging from women's history and issues to Western frontier sagas.
“Wicked Women” is a fun read that also includes a wealth of little-known history. It’s obviously well-researched and written from a point of love of the wild west. The stories feature a wide variety of women whose stories will have you laughing and horrified, sometimes both at the same time. I definitely recommend “Wicked Women” for anyone with an interest in women’s history, the wild west, or even history in general. It’s an easy read that can appeal to anyone. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Chriss Enss has put together a spectular collection of colorful, powerful, and debauched bad girls who romped, gambled, whored, robbed, and shot their way through life in America's old west. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. Complete with pictures, each woman's story is told with a startling, fresh, to-the-point prose. Mincing no words, the colorful life of each woman is brilliantly portrayed. What truly impressed me is the amount of research and digging the author had to do to uncover details and facts of the lives portrayed. Loved, loved, loved this book. It's one that I will always keep on my favourites bookshelf.
This book is an fast read with easy vocabulary and a smooth writing technique. The short tales are entertaining and informative. The stories take place in big cities and in small settlements, they take place in New York and Texas to Wyoming and California. The hardships (& damn good money) these ladies are fascinating, as were their ways of coping. While I inderstand there were not many professions for women in th Wild West, repeatedly reading about madams and prostitutes did get a little old. That said, those ladies had guts and courage. God rest their souls.