Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp

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Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp

Format:  Hardcover,

289 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9780061864506

ISBN-10: 0061864501

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The author of the acclaimed Sala's Gift delivers the definitive biography of Josephine Marcus Earp, a Jewish woman from New York who became the common-law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp.

For nearly fifty years, she lived with the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fascinating biography, Ann Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her full story--a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, selfinvention, and romance reflective of America itself, from the post-Civil War years to World War II.

How did this aspiring actress and dancer--a flamboyant, curvaceous Jewish girl with a persistent New York accent--land in Tombstone, Arizona, and steal the heart of Wyatt Earp? What inspired five decades of adventure-seeking that led from the Arizona Territory to Alaska to Hollywood? And what sustained her lifelong partnership with a man of uncommon charisma and complex heroism?

Answering these questions, Kirschner offers a rare look at a woman's life on the frontier and sheds new light on the iconic gunfight that made Wyatt Earp a legend, revealing Josephine's place at its center. Lady at the O.K. Corral introduces a vivacious woman with a magnetic personality who was equally at home in the deserts of the American Southwest and the boomtowns of the Alaskan Gold Rush; in the opulent hotels of San Diego and San Francisco in the Gay Nineties; in rough mining camps, gaudy gambling casinos, racetracks, and boxing arenas; as on Hollywood back lots visiting Cecil B. DeMille and Samuel Goldwyn.

Spanning more than half a century, this engaging narrative biography brings Josephine to the forefront of her own story and offers a fresh look at a remarkable era in American history.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9780061864506
ISBN-10: 0061864501
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 289
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.0

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Review by Library Journal (2013-04-01)

The legends of the Old West town of Tombstone and lawman Wyatt Earp have been represented by Hollywood with questionable accuracy for decades, while tales of Earp and his brothers were common in broadsides and newspapers right from the start of their notoriety. Kirschner (uni. dean, Macaulay Honors Coll., CUNY; Sala's Gift) examines the prevailing narratives surrounding Earp, Tombstone, and the O.K. Corral to correct a historical record that effectively erased any mention of women having a meaningful impact on the premises.

Without giving anything away, let's just say this biographical narrative of Josephine Marcus Earp clarifies the facts. Throughout, Kirschner raises questions about who was responsible for the omission of Josephine from the Earp story. Was Wyatt Earp's common-law wife of almost 50 years happy to avoid the spotlight? Or did she in fact desire attention? Like many subjects of legend, and those subject-adjacent, Josephine wanted the story told on her terms, and this, typically, ensured that her experience was never really revealed. Through deft analysis of primary and secondary sources, and through contacts with extant family members, Kirschner has corrected the narrative as thoroughly as possible.

Verdict: Highly recommended for Old West enthusiasts and scholars, high school and up.

-Jewell Anderson, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. Lib., Savannah, GA

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

The author of the acclaimed Sala’s Gift delivers the definitive biography of Josephine Marcus Earp, a Jewish woman from New York who became the common-law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp.

For nearly fifty years, she lived with the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fascinating biography, Ann Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her full story—a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, selfinvention, and romance reflective of America itself, from the post–Civil War years to World War II.

How did this aspiring actress and dancer—a flamboyant, curvaceous Jewish girl with a persistent New York accent—land in Tombstone, Arizona, and steal the heart of Wyatt Earp? What inspired five decades of adventure-seeking that led from the Arizona Territory to Alaska to Hollywood? And what sustained her lifelong partnership with a man of uncommon charisma and complex heroism?

Answering these questions, Kirschner offers a rare look at a woman’s life on the frontier and sheds new light on the iconic gunfight that made Wyatt Earp a legend, revealing Josephine’s place at its center. Lady at the O.K. Corral introduces a vivacious woman with a magnetic personality who was equally at home in the deserts of the American Southwest and the boomtowns of the Alaskan Gold Rush; in the opulent hotels of San Diego and San Francisco in the Gay Nineties; in rough mining camps, gaudy gambling casinos, racetracks, and boxing arenas; as on Hollywood back lots visiting Cecil B. DeMille and Samuel Goldwyn.

Spanning more than half a century, this engaging narrative biography brings Josephine to the forefront of her own story and offers a fresh look at a remarkable era in American history.

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