By Mark J. Dworkin
Walter Noble Burns (1872–1932) served with the 1st Kentucky Infantry through the Spanish-American battle and coated common John J. Pershing’s pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico as a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. even if history-making those forays could appear, they have been in simple terms the start. within the final six years of his lifestyles, Burns wrote 3 books that propelled New Mexico outlaw Billy the child, Tombstone marshal Wyatt Earp, and California bandit Joaquín Murrieta into the area of legend.
regardless of Burns’s notable command of his subjects—based on exhaustive learn and interviews—he has been mostly overlooked via students end result of the well known, even sometimes fictional, strategy he hired. In American Mythmaker, the 1st literary biography of Burns, Mark J. Dworkin brings Burns out of the shadows. via cautious research of The Saga of Billy the Kid (1926), Tombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest (1927), and The Robin Hood of Eldorado: The Saga of Joaquín Murrieta (1932) and their reception, Dworkin indicates how Burns used his journalistic education to introduce the historical past of the yankee West to his era’s basic readership. within the strategy, Burns made his topics family names.
Are Burns’s books truth or fiction? used to be he a historian or a novelist? Dworkin considers those questions as he uncovers the tale in the back of Burns’s mythmaking works. A long-overdue biography of a author who formed our inspiration of western background, American Mythmaker documents in attention-grabbing element the fashioning of a few of the best American legends.
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American Mythmaker: Walter Noble Burns and the Legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta by Mark J. Dworkin