By Mark J. Dworkin
Walter Noble Burns (1872–1932) served with the 1st Kentucky Infantry in the course of the Spanish-American conflict and lined normal John J. Pershing’s pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico as a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. notwithstanding 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 world of legend.
regardless of Burns’s awesome command of his subjects—based on exhaustive study and interviews—he has been principally overlooked by means of students as a result well known, even sometimes fictional, technique 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 exhibits how Burns used his journalistic education to introduce the heritage of the yank West to his era’s basic readership. within the approach, Burns made his matters loved ones 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 at the back of Burns’s mythmaking works. A long-overdue biography of a author who formed our concept of western historical past, American Mythmaker documents in interesting aspect 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