Tombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest by Walter Noble BurnsTombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest by Walter Noble Burns

Tombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest

byWalter Noble BurnsForeword byCasey Tefertiller

Paperback | September 1, 1999

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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-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.

Walter Noble Burns (1872-1932), was a journalist and historian in Chicago.
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Title:Tombstone: An Iliad of the SouthwestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:412 pages, 8.25 × 5.55 × 1.06 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:University Of New Mexico PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0826321542

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The author of The Saga of Billy the Kid and The Robin Hood of El Dorado was also the man who helped to define the legend of lawman Wyatt Earp. Walter Noble Burns’ loosely factual portrayal of the lawman has influenced literature and films since its publication in 1927. The centrepiece of the book is the mythical Gunfight at the OK Corral. This gunfight eventually led to Earp hunting down and killing the rest of the Clanton-McLowery gang. Casey Tefertiller provides the foreword.

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." . . a mixture of fact and fiction . . . the basis for later novels and movies."