Just as legends and fragments of history from ancient Britain
became the Arthurian tales we know-the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc
Holliday, the Clantons and others, told and retold in innumerable
stories and dramatizations, has became a great American myth.
In Emma Bull's Territory, some of the mystery of that
brooding, puzzling tale is accounted to the hitherto unrealized
presence of magic. It is a story of power, of compulsion, and of
consequences. If Roger Zelazny had written a western, or if Susanna
Clarke had reimagined the myths and legends of the American West,
the results might have been something like Territory. But
only something like. Because nobody writes like Emma Bull.