First published in 1927, Tombstone defined the legend of lawman-gunfighter Wyatt Earp. A mixture of fact and fiction, Walter Noble Burns's portrayal of Earp has profoundly influenced subsequent generations of historians, novelists, and screen writers. Born in 1849, Earp grew up on the Missouri-Kansas frontier and first came to notice as a no-nonsense town marshal in rip-roFirst published in 1927, Tombstone defined the legend of lawman-gunfighter Wyatt Earp. A mixture of fact and fiction, Walter Noble Burns's portrayal of Earp has profoundly influenced subsequent generations of historians, novelists, and screen writers. Born in 1849, Earp grew up on the Missouri-Kansas frontier and first came to notice as a no-nonsense town marshal in rip-roaring Dodge City, Kansas. Moving to wide-open Tombstone, Arizona in 1879, he became a businessman and deputy United States marshal where he was soon joined by his four brothers. In Burns's narrative, the Earp clan represents law and order in the lawless, chaotic Old West. The collision between civilization and frontier explodes in the bloody and legendary shootout at the OK Corral between the Earps and the Clanton-McLowery gang. The Earps prevailed, but the subsequent shootings of two Earp brothers drove the calm, courageous, and somewhat emotionless Wyatt to take the law into his own hands. In a personal rage, he hunted and killed the treacherous "assassins." Wyatt Earp's most recent biographer, Casey Tefertiller, discusses the influence of Tombstone on the history and legend of Wyatt Earp and the Old West....
|Title||:||Tombstone : An Iliad of the Southwest (Historians of the Frontier and American West Series)|
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Tombstone : An Iliad of the Southwest (Historians of the Frontier and American West Series) Reviews
One of the classic and standard works on the history of the town of Tombstone Arizona. The centerpiece chapters cover the arrival of the Earps and their rocky relationship with some of the local denizens including the Clantons and others. The book is mostly factual, based upon articles printed in the local newspapers, especially the Epitaph and the Nugget. From my reading of this book, it seems to provide the lion's share of the material we accept as Gospel relating to the Gunfight at (or near) the OK Corral. Subsequent books have clarified and modified some of the info, but Burns seems to be the original print narrative of the tale.
It's odd to think that much of Tombstone's history comes from this book. It is at best an historical fiction. The book is delightfully written and fun to read. This and a few other books, written not as histories, but to sell books, form the basis of Tombstone history. With at least one side lying, court cases, letters and newspaper articles don't come much closer to the truth. No wonder historians of Tombstone argue so vehemently to this day. Tombstone is a great western story and should be read by anyone interested in western history.
I'm something of a "Tombstone buff"....and enjoyed this book greatly. It fills in many of the gaps and helped paint a much better and authentic picture of what was going on in that part of the country, in the couple decades after the civil war.
Really a rollicking telling of the rise and fall of the bandits of the Tombstone region. Little about the rise and fall of the economy or growth of the town itself. Florid writing with lots of shooting.