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Calamity Jane; the woman and the legend. (reprint, 2005).


Calamity Jane; the woman and the legend. (reprint, 2005)

McLaird, James D.

U. of Oklahoma Press


378 pages




In this reprinted biography of Martha Canary, better known as Calamity Jane (1856?-1903), McLaird (emeritus, history, Dakota Wesleyan U.) examines the sparse but expanding documentary evidence to evaluate legends of her as either an iconic frontierswoman, associate of Wild Bill Hickok, and dime novel heroine, or a notorious "loose" woman. The book includes many period illustrations, Calamity Jane-themed movie and TV show stills, and extensive reference notes. The author gives her birthdate as 1856; the CiP and other sources list it as 1852.

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Date:Apr 1, 2012
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